types of silk


This is a fabulous website.

I am looking at different silk articles of clothing on the web, and I seek your help to find out the difference between filament silk and silk charmeuse.

I understand that filament silk is not spun so it will not pill; is typically a plain weave and of high quality.

All I know of the charmeuse is that it is also of desirable quality, although I don’t know why, it his a satin-like finish on one side, and a crepe-like finish on the other..

Can you help me further?

Thank you very much for your time.


A Careful Consumer

By: Kit M.

One Response to “types of silk”

  1. Judith says:

    Hi Kit M.,

    Filament silk should not pill because it is not spun from short silk fibers. Charmeuse can come in silk or cotton or wool fibers so the comparison with filament silk and charmeuse has nothing to do with quality. Charmeuse fabric has a smooth satin face and a crepe back.

    Hope this helps!