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Genghis
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Browsing Rice's Encyclopedia, I see that it says new Silks should be washed to remove the 'weighting' coating of SERCIN.

Is this still good advice or is it outdated?

Any other preparations needed?
Bob Sanders
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That is for old Japanese silks. It is no longer appropriate.

But I'm very glad to see a magician reading.

Enjoy your silk magic.


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Ron Reid
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Hi Genghis:

Yes, I remember reading that too. Unfortunately, I didn't know Bob back then, and tried soaking one of my SKS pattern silks, thinking I was getting rid of the sericin in it. Soaking the silk did mess up the pattern a (concentric cirles) just a bit.

Thanks, Bob, for the clarification. You're the best!

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I have the CD-ROM version of the Encyclopaedia and there's a wealth of information there, but... There is so much! It will take me the rest of the year just to read it and sort out the bits I want to study properly. I wish I didn't have to work - it takes too much time from my magic! ;-)
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Genghis,

Volume 2 of the books stays by my bed. Even after all these years, I think I learn something every time I read it. Obviously, Volume 2 is the one I like best. But I am a "Rice" nut anyway. I wish I knew what he knew.

Ron's comment points out another important thing about printed silks. Even the old printed silks already had the sericin removed before they were or could be printed. (When you think of sericin, think of jelly. Once upon a time it was the "hair spray" for silk. You can spot it on darker colors because it leaves a white dust. Better irons had a lot to do with the need for it disappearing. There was a time when irons did not have good thermostats.)

Enjoy!

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Raw silk still has sercin in it as Bob pointed out. Since most silks you get are already dyed, they have had the sercin removed.

When I get my silk in bolts, I cut and hem it and then wash it out before dyeing it. If you don't do that the dye will not take. If you have any doubt about silk you are trying to dye, wash with a mild soap such as drift before dyeing. A drop (repeat a drop) of fabric softner in the rinse will help kill the static and soften the silk.

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