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What is the difference between silk and satin?

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The biggest difference between silk and satin is that silk is a specific material that is used to make fabric, and satin is a fabric weave that can be made using a variety of materials, including silk. Silk is a naturally produced fabric material that is made by silk worms.

Although silk can be weaved as satin, which is characterized by a rough, dull back and a shiny, smooth front, satin is also inexpensively made from synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. Fabric that is made from man-made materials such as polyester may be marketed as satin silk made from polyester, but in that case the fabric in question is not actually silk, because it is not made from the product of a silk worm.

There are multiple kinds of satin available to consumers, including charmeuse, which is commonly made of silk, farmer's satin or Venetian cloth, which is a cotton fabric with a satin weave, and gattar, which is made with both silk and cotton. There are also multiple kids of silk, including mulberry, tasar and eri silk,and while these materials are only made from a single kind of material, their differences are characterized by various factors, including the species of worm that makes them.

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    What are the different types of silk?

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    Some types of silk are mulberry silk, tasar silk, eri silk, muga silk and anaphe silk. There's also fagara silk, coan silk and mussel silk. Most commercial silk is mulberry silk.There's also spider's silk, but it's so difficult to obtain and expensive to produce that it's not used very often as a textile.

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    How is silk fabric made?

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    Silk fabric is made by collecting filaments from a mulberry silk moth's cocoon, combining the output from four to eight cocoons into a single strand of raw silk, washing and preparing the silk strands and then weaving or knitting the strands into fabric. Approximately 2,500 silkworms must work to produce a pound of raw silk.

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    What countries produce silk?

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    The main silk-producing countries include China, India, Uzbekistan, Brazil and Japan. Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Iran are also major silk producers, and the global production of silk occurs in more than 60 countries.

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    What is the way to get wrinkles out of silk?

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    Wrinkles can be removed from silk by hovering an iron over it. However, care must be taken when using this method since silk is a very delicate fabric and quite sensitive to heat.

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