This is a very special kind of silk material, giving the cloth the soft and wellknown texture.
To create Silkvelvet, a combination of Viscose and Silk is used.
Silkvelvet can be handwashed and may be machine-dried on a low temperature.
The fibers will be raised and its original texture returned.
This is excellent in evening-dresses, jackets, shawls or cushions.
The deep colors can be achieved by spraying the dye on the material.
Due to its thickness, it is neccessary to spray several layers of dye, until you have reached a glorious deep colour.
Use steamfix dye as that will give the softest results. Let it dry for 24 hours, then "bake" it in the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. You can use a big ovendish, if you have one, or else make sure the oven is absolutely clean!!
Then let it rest for 24 hours. Give it a thourough rinse in lots of water: first warm and gradually turning the tap to lukewarm and cold.
Rinse until no more dye is coming off. Don't be alarmed when, at first, a lot of colour is coming off. There will be enough left for a warm intens effect.
And then for the final care, tumble dry in your dryer at medium heat for about 15 minutes, or so long as it takes to dry.
It is not neccessary to have your garment dry-cleaned as a handwash and a drying-machine will return your silk-velvet to its original luster.
Ausbrenner is velvet with a design. It can be obtained by making a design with the liquid of a chemical substance directly on to the fabric. "Ausbrennen" meaning to "burn away".
Some very beautiful ausbrenner shawls are ready-made for sale, to chose from and dye in the colours of your choice.
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