ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS
At Wild Silk Couture & Workshop we’re passionate about taking care of our planet.
That’s why we practice choosing ethically sourced materials from small businesses in Australia and around the world.
Silk is lustrous, breathable and comfortable, it's also one of the strongest sustainable natural textiles in the world. It’s made of a natural amino protein fibre known as fibroin, which is a protein that certain types of insect larvae secrete to make cocoons. Most of the world’s silk is derived from bombyx mori larvae, which are cultivated worms that consume mulberry tree leaves.
We don't manufacture cheap, high quantity use/wear and discard products.
We create products that are made to last, keeping the values of the new consumer ethics in mind.
We focus on creating quality products, not bulk quantity products.
All of our materials are purchased thoughtfully and ethically.
We reuse and recycle as much as we can.
We aim to use packaging that is recyclable, reusable & sustainable, where possible.
HOW SILK IS MADE
STEP 1: Heating
Once cocoons are harvested they are exposed to high heat to prevent mature worms from emerging.
STEP 2: Unravelling
A silk worker or a machine will brush the cocoon to find the loose end and load it onto a reel that unravels the silk strand.
STEP 3: Loading
As the silk strand loads onto the reel, it is attached to another strand to make one continuous string.
STEP 4: Twisting
Silk producers twist these long strings together to make yarn.
STEP 5: Rolling
The silk yarn is put through a roller to make it more uniform.
STEP 6: Dyeing
Silk manufacturers then use vegetable-based dyes or natural whiteners to dye their silk yarn.
STEP 7: Weaving
The yarn is ready to be woven into a fabric.
THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF SILK
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF SILK PRODUCTS
Our silk products are made to last but do require your love and care to live up to that promise.
Here are some simple tips to keep your silk product in perfect condition:
Treat Silk in a similar way as your own skin and hair. - If the temperature is too hot for your skin, it's too hot silk.
Warm wash at 30-40°C.
Wash all items in a wash bag, on a delicate cycle.
Use natural soaps with NO silicone.
Do not use bleach.
Do not wring or scrub silk.
Do not tumble dry, allow to air dry.
Light steam on silk setting.
Do not machine wash eye masks.
Turn pillow slips inside out when washing.
If your silk has lost its luster, use a generous trickle of white vinegar in a tepid rinse to bring back the luster, then clear rinse again.
Contact us if you have any further queries or questions.
"Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hands."
- Oscar de la Renta
THE BENEFITS OF SILK FOR YOUR SKIN
Because of its natural 18 amino proteins, silk helps metabolise skin cells for optimum skin rejuvenation. It naturally thermo-regulates against your skin for greater comfort.
It’s also amazing at keeping your skin hydrated as it’s moisture absorption rate is only 11%, instead of the typical 30%+ as found in cotton. Silk will retain moisture in your skin, while cotton and linens draw moisture & nutrients out.
Ideal for sensitive skin due to its non-allergenic properties and anti-bacterial qualities.
THE BENEFITS OF SILK FOR YOUR HAIR
Silk's smooth texture, allows hair to glide over it without causing any friction which means you'll be less likely to wake up with frizzy, tangled hair whereas cotton/linens can snag hair and mess it up into a nest of tangles overnight.
Our Silk Hair accessories prevent breakage & tangles, perfect for all hair types.
Silk also helps to keep your hair hydrated. Over time you will notice that your hair will become more luxurious and shiny.