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Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Yes, among the toys in our house, silk is a survivor!

I have recently answered a few queries from parents new to natural toys that were concerned with the durability of silk for child's play. And I am always happy to expound on its amazing qualities!

In our own home, we still play with the very same first set of silks we have had for 3 years (with an occassional newbie for variety). This group was my first silk dyeing experiment and they are all still bright and good to go. They have been toted about to play groups and preschools, for storytelling at church and camp (and been cleaned accordingly). The picture of Rowan as 'Rainbow Girl' on her bike this September shows our original set in use. Other than a snag here and there there are no issues and they are buttery soft from all the love.

While not as strong as spider's silk (which I once read could stop a 747 jet in flight if strung in a fiber the width of one pencil!), silkworm silk is one of the strongest natural fibers. It does lose up to 20% of its strength when wet (so always treat wet silk gently) but when dry it it tough (and lacking much elasticity it holds its shape).

Our playsilks are generally made with 8mm (momme ~ 'mommy') silk, which is airy, lightweight but not transclucent (and weightier than most commercial playsilks). I love that it is breathable and little ones can see through it enough to steer when being ghosts and hiding for hide and seek.

Silk is a protein fiber, and therefore best cared for as you would your own hair: mild washing (we use dish soap), gentle squeezing and allow to air dry.

With proper care, your playsilks should last for many years of mud puddles, tangling in bike chains, being puppy costumes and picnic blankets, forts and sacks for collecting rocks! We don't baby our silk and it hasn't failed us yet.

I love that in a toy!
To learn more about silkies, check out past posts HERE.


FairiesNest said...

So true! I still have the silks from when my sons were small...3 boys and 10 years later the silks are Still looking beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great info!

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