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material & workmanship
At Nara, higher standards are applied in every step to ensure perfection.
pre-washed: each clothe is washed for shrinkage, softening, and sheen before shipping
crafted: making each order one at a time, by one tailor
Silk, a natural fabric produced by silkworm, is known as queen of Porous protein fibers and the "second skin" of human body. It feels incredibly light and soft and it looks beautifully elegant and luxurious. Its excellent air permeability, hygroscopicity, and antistatic property win over a lot of people around the world for thousands of years. All Nara’s products are made by 100% silk of 19mm, which is higher than average thread count. (‘mm’ is a standard way of measuring the weight of silk. The higher the thread counts the better. )
1. For the sleepwear, we use 19 momme premium silk.
silkworms & Silk: Silk is a miracle created by silkworms. On different seasons, silk product has its own distinction. Silk from spring cocoons is considered the best due to its extra softness. What we choose as raw material is 100% silk crepe plain of spring silkworm, 19 momme; shell fabric of export grade A. Care
2. dyestuff: we use only environmentally friendly (green) dyestuff in silk apparels (clothes that touch your body). The dye that is mostly from plants and flowers shall not irritate skins, while chemical intensive stuff could cause rash, inflammation and discomfort. Photos below show some color examples of natural dyestuff.
(color from strawberries)(color from oranges)(color from blue berries)
3. pre-wash: we pre-wash each and every piece of clothe for shrinkage, softening, and sheen before shipping. This is a special technique unique from us; it enhances the silk fabric in such a way that is now washable
4. craftsmanship: by re-introducing the long lost sewing techniques of last generation Chinese tailors, we bring dress-making from a machine centric mass production circus back to an individual work of art. The workers who make the dresses here at Nara are middle aged women (40-50 years old) who are the last troupe of skilled hands remaining in southern part of China.They have 20 or 30 year experience in tailing silk clothing. Before entering Nara to be a labor, they were given professional training. Seamless edge as illustrated in photos here is the indisputable statement of craftsmanship. But most of all, we make each order one at a time, by one tailor.
(crafted: making each order one at a time, by one tailor) (edges of clothe are well wrapped in)
maintenance and care for silkwears
A: Do not spill deodorant or perfume on silk, especially the white one. Camphor
ball should not be used with silk.
B: Avoid direct exposure to light, heat or moisture and keep silk products in dark drawer or cabinet.
C: To avoid silk wearing from being torn or snagged, extra attention should be taken when wearing watch and / or jewelries.
D: Silk clothes should always be worn a bit loosely (not skin-tight), to avoid stretching of the fabric.
advices on washing & ironing
In case of machine wash, use the pouch net (provided as free) to protect the silk fabric from breaking open. Nevertheless hand wash is always preferred to machine wash.
To extend the life of silk garment and to keep it natural and elegant, dry clean is always recommended.
But washing is also a good choice if you know how to. Wash by hand at a temperature not exceeding 30°C. Use a neutral/mild detergent and rinse it thoroughly. If washed by machine, suggest using a net pouch to contain the clothes in first. To better protect the fabric, hand watching is preferred to the machine wash.
It’s best to have clothes in similar colors washed together.
Do not tumble dry.
Do not bleach.
Do not wring out.
Hung dry and be dried flatly.
Dry in the shade.
Ironing temperature should not exceed 150℃ (ideally between 110-120℃). It is suggested that clothes be kept at 90% dry before ironing to produce best result.