Our 65cm wide Uzbek silk gauze is heavier than Margilan silk scrim, with a tighter weave, but the same lustre. It also comes from Margilan, but only the lightest silk scrim is referred to as Margilan silk. A great silk for felting, Uzbek gauze has the weight of tissue silk, a Chinese silk gauze or chiffon. The sheen resembles that of Paj, Pongee or 5 momme habotai silk. It weighs approximately 11gm/metre.
The straight lines seen in the weft of the fabric at random intervals indicate where the next thread of silk has started. The filament has been loomed straight from the cocoon and woven using traditional methods. Not as loose a weave as Margilan rarefied gauze and with less imperfections generally.
This fabric is the best of both worlds being more substantial than scrim, but easier for wool fibre to penetrate than other silks. The narrower width of 65cm makes it an excellent fabric for nuno felted scarves. Not suitable for dressmaking however, as sewing and cutting this lightweight fabric is difficult.
Available colours are constantly changing due to the hand dyeing process. We will be adding new colours on a regular basis.
This silk dyes beautifully with acid, fibre reactive or natural dyes. More stock of natural silk in this width coming soon.
Despite thorough rinsing after hand dyeing, we cannot guarantee colourfastness of these fabrics.
Based in Perth Australia, Unicorn Fibres is an online business focusing on quality felting supplies. Our aim is to source and supply fellow felt makers, spinners and textile artists with a quality range of fabric and fibres at affordable prices. Our supplies for felting feature a large range of extra fine combed merino wool rovings and viscose fibre, as well as unique hand-dyed delicate fabrics. These include Margilan silk gauze, cotton scrim and other embellishments fit for a unicorn. Supplies for felting include ball brausers and needle felting tools. All prices shown are in Australian dollars. Owner Sara Quail is a felt maker and has been actively involved with a variety of textiles over the last 2 decades – exhibitions, teaching, magazine articles…. See more at saraquail.com