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Thread: How to tell if fabric is silk?

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    Senior Member smcfadden's Avatar
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    How to tell if fabric is silk?

    I purchased a couple yds. of fabric from an antique store. It looks and feels to me like good quality silk, but I want to make sure it's not rayon or some synthetic. Does anyone know of any tests to determine for sure if it's silk?

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    Hi. The burn test works well. Try this link: http://quilting.about.com/od/fabrice.../burn_test.htm
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    Wow I didn't know that silk could be tested the same way as cotton. I see that the smell is the key. Thanks Fraew for this info.
    I can't wait to see what you make out of this fabric Susanne.
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    The smell and the feel of the ash. Synthetics will be a crumbly, hard ash, black smoke. Silk will be a fine, powdery grey ash. Hope its the real thing.
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    Do the burn test.I usually use a candle and tweezers and drop the swatch into an ash tray: Watch the thread as it burns. If the thread is genuine silk, it won't burn but it will glow faintly. It will also give off the smell of burning hair.

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    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    We need to know the result!

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