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Topic: Silk Help - suppliers of unfinished silk
Message: Posted by: BenHFarrar (Nov 13, 2012 05:14AM)
Hi All,

I am looking to buy unfinished black silk - the same weight as we magicians use. I need to buy plenty of this kind of silk (in black) in larger sizes than magicians silks come in.

Can anybody help me with ideas on where to source this?


Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 13, 2012 05:56AM)

I tried to email you but the email address given here does not work.

Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 13, 2012 06:08AM)
Rosebrand. Black is one of the hardiest colors to dye in silk.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 13, 2012 10:03AM)
The termonology is you are looking to buy a "Bolt" of black silk fabric. Fabric is usually made in 45" wide or 54" wide bolts.

If you ever visited a fabric store or department, the material on a flat piece of cardboard, those are bolts.

Just Google "Silk Fabric sold in bolts", there is a lot to learn when dealing with silk. Grades and momme weight is important.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 13, 2012 10:15AM)
If you buy a bolt, it can be 45- 55 yards in length. Bill is correct in most fabrics are 45 or 54 wide. A few are 36 wide.

Expect to pay probably around $15-$25 a yard for the fabric.

Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Nov 13, 2012 10:43AM)
...however, fabric stores are also willing to cut off the amount you need...so you don't have to get stuck paying for 55 yards of silk if you only need 20
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 13, 2012 11:01AM)
My point of a fabric store was to give an example, I have never seen the type of silk magicians use in a store. Silk for clothing is much heavier then the magic society uses.

In magic we use from 3 momme to 8 momme, weight in silk. The foulard silks are a little heavier, but I do not know what weight that would be.

I think Richard Hughes and Abbott's are the only people that buy silk in Bulk, and dye their own colors. Others buy pre-dyed and pre-hemmed individual silks.

Putting a 1/16 inch French Hem in a silk is very difficult, the Chinese and Japanese seem to have this mastered to perfection.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Nov 13, 2012 11:53AM)
...and seeing as how they pay their workers 25 cents an hour, it's a wonder they do so well.....
Message: Posted by: Rice (Nov 13, 2012 07:34PM)
I have 36" wide bolts of 6 momme, 100% Habutae silk, unhemmed and white (undyed), if you want to get it hemmed and dyed.
Message: Posted by: ChrisG (Nov 15, 2012 03:26PM)
You might try here.