received a press release from
Texere Silk announcing a new artistic line of hand painted
silk sleepwear and
painted silk scarves.
A visit to
the website revealed an appealing collection of silk apparel
including pure silk caftans, chemises, nightshirts, robes, and
scarves. I found the silk nightgowns to be the most alluring.
The silk nightgowns can be purchased separately, but some of
them come in a set with a robe.
painting work, I must say, is high quality
certainly much more
upscale than a lot of hand painted garments I have come across.
Anything labeled hand painted is also hand dyed. The company
says that the silk products have been tested to be colorfast,
and that many of them can even be machine washed.
painting process, as I understand, is complex and laborious.
Essentially, it is a three-step process, and sometimes three
factories are involved in the production of the garment. First,
white silk is stretched on long frames and hand painted and dyed
in the painting workshop. Second, the cloth is sent to another
factory for curing and steam processing. Third, the tailoring
factory cuts and sews the garment.
silk scarves are more commonly available, because they are
relatively easy to make. But putting these designs precisely on
a gown or chemise would require significant coordination between
the painter and the tailor. So far, I had only seen hand
painted caftans or nightshirts and certainly not in the
quality offered by this new brand.
I wouldn't be
too surprised to soon find these products at a Beverly Hills
boutique at 5 times the current price!