WHAT IS THAI SILK?
Thai silk is a crisp and full-bodied fabric derived from the Thai silk worm, who feeds only on White Mulberry leaves. The cocoon is harvested to create a unique luxury textile distinctively known in the world for its rare luminescent characteristics.
WHAT MAKES MARISA BARATELLI THAI SILK UNIQUE IN THE INDUSTRY?
Marisa Baratelli is the leader in production of Grade A Thai Silk in the US. We encourage the ancient Thai tradition of weaving on looms by craftsmen in countryside farms. On average, it takes our weavers 1 day to produce just 9 yards of fabric! We are honored to support the unique practice of hand weaving in a world of mass production.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAND WOVEN & MACHINE MADE THAI SILK?
Hand woven Thai silk is a textile form of art that has been hand crafted by a skilled weaver using looms and techniques passed down from generation to generation. Each yard of fabric holds the imprint of the human creator behind the loom, while machine made silk can appear near perfect qualified for use in mass production. Marisa Baratelli refers to the natural characteristics of hand woven silk as “beauty marks” which make each yard special and extraordinary.
WHERE IS THE FABRIC MADE?
Marisa Baratelli Thai Silk is hand woven in the northeast region of Thailand called Korat Plateau.
WHAT ARE THE MEASUREMENTS OF THAI SILK?
The hand looms being used by Marisa Baratelli's weavers produce silk yardage finished at approximately 40” wide.
CAN I WASH AND IRON MY MARISA BARATELLI GARMENT?
Thai silk is a professionally dry-clean only fabric. It should never be laundered, washed by hand or machine unless the owner would like the garment to change in look, feel and shape. Silk that has been exposed to stressful aqueous conditions could lose its luster, feel rough and stiff to the touch, and may retain watermarks.
Please note the following recommendations for the proper care of our garments:
- Professional dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.
- Chlorine bleach should never be used on silk.
- For long-term storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects.
- If ironing is needed: set your iron to a low silk setting and to be safe use a press cloth to prevent a glossy shine from developing. Thai silk fabric should be ironed on the reverse side and steam is not recommended.
Marisa Baratelli has been in the Thai silk business for over 25 years and stands behind our product 100%. We are confident that when cared for properly, the fabric will maintain its luster and quality for many years.
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS GENUINE OR IMITATION THAI SILK?
Pure Thai silk is very unique and in being so, has attracted its share of imposters. There are a few key points to distinguishing if it is truly hand woven Thai Silk:
- Price: real Thai Silk is high-end and can range from US $40 - $90/yard. Imitation Thai Silk often using synthetic filler will fall within $5 - $20/yard.
- Weave: Because hand woven Thai silk uses a traditional method of being woven on looms, it may show beauty marks along the warp and weft, adding to its forever charm.
- Vibrancy: The craftsmanship of combining different silk thread color combinations for the warp and weft during the weaving process creates an intrinsic luster and sheen unique to Thai silk.