At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes. Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada. Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm. Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world. India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.
Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each. They are all 54 inches wide. The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light. We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it. As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk. At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject. When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area. Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins. It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.