What is Kashmir Silk Fabric?
- Kashmiri Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles.
- The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. J&K is the only state which produces the best quality Bivoltile silk.
- Weaving and printing of Kashmiri silk are generally not undertaken in Kashmir. However, cocoon rearing is undertaken on a large scale here, which yields the best quality of silk.
- Rearing cocoons is one of the major occupations of the people of Kashmir.
- Kashmir’s first silk reeling factory was started at Solina in Srinagar in 1897 under the patronage of British.
- In 1937, a silk-weaving factory was established at Rajbagh. -
- By 1961-62, the production of silk in the state went to around 98,000 kg.
- Since 1890s, silk was produced in an organised manner and exported to the UK.
What Makes it Stand Out?
- Cashmere is a natural fiber known for its extremely soft feel and insulating properties.
- Feel like silk to the touch.
- Cashmere is significantly warmer and lighter than sheep's wool, and is somewhat similar .
|Texture||Cashmere fibers are very fine and delicate|
|Fall||Good fall / drape|
Application and Uses
- Sweaters, hats, dresses, shirts, socks, underwear,thermal gear, hosiery, scarves, blazers, gloves .
- Dry clean only .
- Avoid direct sun exposure .
- Iron using silk setting mode .