Four reasons why silk is a great fabric for neckties

Ever wondered why silk is considered a fabric favorite by people around the world, barring associations of prestige and quality?  In addition to many other items of clothing, silk is the choice of fabric for luxury neckwear manufacturers, and there are reasons aplenty as to why this is the case.

Firstly, believe it or not, silk is one of the most durable fabrics out there.  Despite its soft appearance, silk, as a fiber, has high tensile strength, which allows it to withstand pulling pressure.  Silk is the strongest natural fiber.  Its elasticity contributes significantly to its tensile strength, with the fabric having the ability to be stretched from between 1/7th to 1/5th of an inch before breaking.  With continuous pulling, it tends to revert to its original shape and size, but overtime, will inevitably expand and lose its original elasticity.

Secondly, silk fabrics retain their shape and have moderate resistance to wrinkling.

Thirdly, silk has a uniqueness with regards to its drapeability.  Given its suppleness, together with its elasticity and tensile strength, this material can take forms in great shape.

Lastly, and just as importantly as the above three , silk fabric does not attract dirt because of its smooth surface.  The dirt, which gathers, can be easily removed by washing or cleaning.  It is often recommended that silk garments should be dry cleaned.

Silk ties exhibiting some of the qualities listed above

Silk ties exhibiting some of the qualities listed above

So there you have it!  Silk has a richness, luster, strength, durability and natural cleanliness properties about it that make it such an alluring fabric!  Enjoy wearing your silk neckties!  As always, comments are welcome!



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3 replies

  1. Is there an easy way to clean silk besides dry cleaning?

    • Hey Jen,

      There are methods out there for removing stains from silk, but they generally seem very complicated. I would stick with the dry cleaners to play it safe! Thanks for your continued feedback on this forum!

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