Sometimes referred to as rarefied or sparse silk gauze, Margilan silk scrim has a very open weave. Woven by hand in Uzbekistan, it is extremely delicate with noticeable variations in the weave. At around 8 gm per metre, it is a a wonderfully flexible silk fabric for felting, lending itself to a variety of nuno felting techniques. After dyeing, the width is around 85 cm and has an equivalent weight of 2.5 momme.
As well as being the lightest silk fabric available, it also has a wonderful natural lustre. Apart for use In nuno felting as a base lining, in layers or scrunched, it is also useful for a variety of textile and fibre crafts..
The silk snags easily, but these disappear in the felting process. Wash in cool to luke-warm water, with minimal or no detergent. Heat and alkalinity can affect the stability of the dyes used to dye the silk. This may cause some bleeding of colour when warm to hot water and / or soap is used – most noticeably on dark or deep colours. Despite thorough rinsing after hand dyeing, we cannot guarantee colourfastness of these fabrics.