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Xiang Yun silk Fabric: Precious intangible cultural heritage fabric

by yangqihui 12 Sep 2023

Xiang Yun silk fabric,a processed mulberry silk fabric, is a traditional Chinese silk fabric renowned for its exquisite texture and elaborate patterns. It is typically woven with silk threads and metallic yarns, creating distinctive cloud-like motifs that give it the name " Xiang Yun Sha," meaning "Fragrant Cloud Silk" in Chinese. GOELIA selects high-quality Xiang Yun silk at affordable prices, allowing you to experience the intricate craftsmanship and artistic sensibilities of Chinese textile traditions.

Traditional Chinese Xiang yun silk fabric: originating from a thousand years ago

With a history dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), this fabric holds deep cultural significance in China. In ancient times, it was favored for crafting opulent court garments such as dragon robes and ceremonial attire, symbolizing regality and prosperity. Today, Xiangyun silk remains an important cultural heritage, reflecting the intricate craftsmanship and artistic sensibilities of Chinese textile traditions.

Xiang Yun silk fabric is a kind of yarn and silk product, that uses the sap of potato scopoletin to the mulberry silk fabric coating, and then covered with mineral-containing mud from river surges and ponds, and processed through the sun.

The process of making Xiang Yun silk fabric is very tedious. First, the carefully selected mulberry silk is washed three times to remove impurities and stains and to purify the thread. Next, it is boiled nine times to increase the elasticity and softness of the silk thread. Finally, it is dried eighteen times to ensure that it is dry and delicate. Xiang Yun silk fabric is also famous for its "three washes, nine boils, and eighteen suns" process.

The Value of Xiang Yun Silk Fabric

As one of China's intangible cultural heritages, the craft of making Xiang Yun silk fabric takes a long time to sharpen and practice. Each piece of Xiang Yun silk fabric produced represents the inheritance of skills and traditional culture. Therefore, each piece of Xiang Yun silk is unique, no one has the same color, and each piece reflects the craftsmanship and dedication of the maker.

This fabric embodies the fusion of artistic creativity and technical skill, making it a cherished material in various realms of Chinese fashion and textile arts. Its intricate patterns and luxurious feel continue to captivate both designers and connoisseurs of fine textiles, contributing to the rich tapestry of Chinese cultural heritage.

Tips for Caring

The wearing sensation of Xiang Yun silk fabric is outstanding. As a result of many washes and boils, the texture of the silk threads becomes softer and more comfortable to the touch. In addition, the texture and feel of Xiang Yun silk fabric make the fabric self-breathable and moisture-wicking, which can be refreshing and comfortable in the middle of a hot summer day.

Xiang Yun silk is still a silk fabric and needs your care.

· Hand wash at a water temperature below 30℃ or dry clean.

· Use silk-specific detergent.

· Pure plant dye, color fading is normal.

· Wash dark and light-colored clothes separately, avoid soaking.

· Dry flat in shade.

· Avoid prolonged friction with light-colored accessories/bags.

· Drip storage, separate from light-colored garments.

High-quality products in GOELIA Collection

Xiang Yun silk fabric has gained wide recognition in the international market and become one of the fabrics of choice for high-end fashion brands and designers, not only as a textile but also as a symbol representing traditional craftsmanship and beauty. GOELIA selects high-quality Xiang Yun silk fabric for its 2023 summer and autumn collection. Below is the description:

The first dress is lightweight and gentle touch, with skin-friendly softness, and excellent breathability. It comes with a matching fabric belt that allows for an adjustable waistline, accentuating the slim lines. The elegant and vintage-style Mandarin collar helps to flatter the shoulder and neckline.

The second tank top has an H-line silhouette that provides great inclusivity, while the V-neck design flatters the shoulder and neckline. The flutter sleeves help to accentuate the contour of the arms and add a touch of elegance to the overall look.Made from high-quality Xiang Yun silk fabric, you can feel the unique and delicate texture.

The third Knee-Length skirt features a cinched waist and an A-line silhouette with an umbrella hem, making it flattering for all body types and highly versatile. The elasticized waistband at the back enhances comfort and ensures a more inclusive fit.
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