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Caring for silk garments.

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Close up of purple silk.

Silk and Raw Silk

  • Consult the garment care label
  • Silk marked “Dry Clean Only” should not be washed
  • Washing silk which is deeply coloured is risky as the colours may run
  • For washable silk garments, warm hand wash in a delicates or wool detergent
  • Warm iron when fabric is still slightly and evenly damp
  • For raw silk cool iron when dry


Trimmings on garments can affect how they are washed or which product is used. For example, if a garment has a leather collar the care label may say ‘Dry Clean Only’ even if the rest of the garment is washable.