Silk is luxurious, soft, sensual and appears as delicate as it feels. So should silk remain in the hands of the delicate and the fair ladies and gentlemen of the world? Not at all! The nature of silk is commonly misunderstood. Not only is silk incredibly strong, it stands up to the not-so-delicate and the not-so-fair in us all. Silk, you see, actually resists dirt and stains. Hard to believe, but true nonetheless. A single silk fiber has a tensile strength equal to steel wire of the same diameter! If you have a favourite shirt, dress or scarf that does not seem to live up to this fact, it may be that either your garment or homeward item is not real silk, or that it is simply being treated improperly.
The downside, I hear you say, is that silk shrinks after washing. Not entirely true. The silk thread itself does not shrink. Washing silk fabric that is loosely woven will, however, tighten up the weave and make the product look smaller.
Silk can be dry or hand washed. Rule number one - don't leave silk in the sun to dry!