Silk fabric is the strongest natural fabric in the world and is practical for many uses. Silk was discovered in China around 2600 B.C., and China continues to lead the world’s silk production, followed by Japan, Brazil and India. The United States is the leading manufacturer of silk products, while France and Italy are the primary manufacturers of silk fabric. Because of its strength, beauty and luxurious feel, silk fabric is used for many different things.
Silk fabric is used for many different types of dresses, including wedding gowns, evening gowns and sarongs. In addition, silk can be used to make dress shirts, skirts or scarves.
Some items of men’s clothing are made from silk fabric, including dress shirts and suits. Ties can also be made from silk fabric, as well as pocket squares for the pocket on suit jackets.
Many home items are made with silk fabric, including sheets, pillow cases, tablecloths and throw covers. Silk fabric may also be used for draperies and occasionally as a high-end wall covering. When using silk fabrics in the home, remember that silk fabric is very absorbent and stains easily, so moisture should be kept away from silk.
Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.