Can a handwoven silk item with contrasting colors be gently washed and dried without losing bright colors? I have read vastly different views about this and decided Jane would have an answer. I can’t really convince myself its OK to make an item from such an expensive fiber and then have two dry clean it.
Hi Ed, you caught me preparing silk for dyeing! If, the silk isn’t one I’ve dyed myself – another passion I have is natural dyeing – I would wash it gently after I’d taken it off the loom, using a “colour collecting sheet” in the sink. I haven’t had a problem with JST silk, but I haven’t used any other commercial silk. Let the scarf soak a bit, keeping an eye on it to see if the water changes colour and is absorbed into the sheet. Jane gives some tips in the product listing below.