Silk dupioni (often mistakenly called “raw silk”) is a popular choice for formalwear and bridal fashions. It has a slight sheen, a dazzling color palette, holds its shape well, and has an elegant, luxurious look. A comfortable, breathable fabric, it’s a godsend for formal dances or summer weddings. Dupioni makes beautiful everyday wear – dresses, skirts, trousers, and jackets. It looks great in accessories like clutches, ties and kerchiefs, bows, and silk flowers. And it can bring color to an interior too – in pillowcases and lux window treatments.
Silk dupioni is immediately recognizable for its distinctive texture. Fine warp threads are interwoven with weft threads of uneven thickness, resulting in an irregular, crosswise, slubbed stripe. This rougher dupioni fabric displays tiny knots and slubs that give it an almost rustic look. If you’d like something with a less prominent texture, try our fine dupioni.
Dupioni holds its shape and works well in structured garments. For simpler items such as a summer skirt or dress, try using it without a lining. Otherwise, dupioni pairs well with silk linings such as habotai or silk serge.
We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Hand washing will make this fabric lose its stiffness and shine and can cause creases that cannot be ironed out. Dry iron on the lowest setting. Avoid water droplets.