Will the Real Silk Doupioni Please Stand Up?

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Doupioni, also spelled douppionni, doppione, douppione, pronounced [doo-pee-ohn-ni] is a silk fabric that has been woven from silk fiber that is reeled from double silk cocoons or 2 or more silk cocoons that are interlocked.  The resulting silk fabric has irregular slubs. Doupioni is similar to silk shantung.

From silk doupioni wedding gowns to silk doupioni suits for business wear to childrens christening gowns to doupioni silk flowers, many items and garments are made from this crisp, lustrous and elegant fabric.  Silk doupioni drapes are beautiful and will last several years if lined with cotton to keep the silk out of the sun.

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Perfect Dupioni Silk Yo-Yos. silk flowers. DIY projects. diy project. How perfect are these? I am obsessed. Totally obsessed. And am definitely heading to the fabric store this weekend to start crafting. Okay, you want to start by

Silk doupioni is made in China, Japan, Italy as well as India.  Descriptions of this fabric on the internet vary according to the country of origin.  In some cases the description of silk doupioni sound more like silk shantung than doupioni.  Therefore, when deciding on which fabric type or which doupioni, the buyer should trust the vendor and also educate themselves.  Some doupioni fabrics are suitable for tailoring and have a linen look, others are lightweight and work beautifully in wedding gowns.

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The pouf sleeves and the underskirt are made of a 100% pure golden dupioni silk. The bodice is fully lined and boned for added shape and structure, and buttons at the front with self covered golden dupioni fabric buttons.

Be sure and visit Cindy Needham’s blog and photos of her beautiful quilting and cutwork with Doupioni silk!  I have bookmarked her site to follow and be inspired.Cindy Needham: Doing The Little Stuff!


I also removed the very white binding and replaced it with a soft champagne Dupioni silk…much better! The beadwork in the scrolls is about half done and I’m very happy with how that’s turning out…no ripping here! I think I






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