Today someone asked me about the fiber content of a silk fabric. They wanted to know if the silk was Mulberry or Tussah. While I’m always happy to answer whatever questions I can about textiles, I have to admit that I was a bit embarrassed by my lack of knowledge in this area. Not one to shrug my shoulders and quickly forget, I asked a few seasoned professionals as well as consulted the trusty old Google and learned a few things.
Tussuah Silk : Silk in its natural state; raw silk. Used for making Duppioni fabric.
Mulberry Silk: Silk spun by worms that have been cultivated and fed a strict diet of mulberry leaves.
Simple enough, right? I thought so. However, from what I hear, “mulberry” silk is not an actual term. It is simply silk that is not tussah silk. Now, remember, I already fessed up to not being too knowledgeable here. So now I’m confused. What’s the deal? Have you heard of mulberry silk? Ever used it in a sentence?