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Saomao partners with Cambodian 
independent, women weavers who use traditional weaving methods on manual looms. The silk cloth is a hand woven, timeless, unique work of textile art and since it is  produced by a human, it  carries an imprint of the character, thoughts, and emotions of the weaver. Since traditional Cambodian silk is hand woven, each piece of fabric is unique and cannot be duplicated through commercial means. In addition, it has a unique lustre, with a sheen that has two unique tones, one tone for the warp and another for the weft, the two tone colour changes as it is held at varying angles against light.

Its slight imperfections and unevenness in the weave are the proof of manual manufacture unlike machine woven silk, which is a monotonously “perfect” industrial fabric.

Recognising pure Silk

How can you recognise 100% pure silk and imitation silk made from polyester? 

The basic methods for determining true silk are

  • Considering the price
  • Looking carefully at the weave
  • The Luster
  • Burning a piece
  • Real pure silk weave is completely hand made natural fiber with clearly visible small flaws and joins in the thread along the warp and the weft. Imitation silk made from polyester is a machine-made fabric and has a perfect surface with no flaws or bumps.
  • Pure silk is made with one color for the warp and another color for the weft. This produces the sheen and luster and creates the unique two tones and blends, which change depending on the angle of light. Imitation polyester silk shines white regardless of the angle of the light.
  • If you burn pure silk (a thread or two is enough) with a flame, it leaves fine ash and smells like burning hair. When you take the flame away it stops burning. If you burn imitation polyester silk with a flame, it drips, burns with a black smoke, and continues to burn after the flame is taken away.