Similar to dupioni, silk shantung fabric is a heavier, premium silk, featuring a lightly pebbled surface and ribbed effect that contrasts pleasingly with silks of lighter weights. With some silk shantung selections, the warp and weft are of different colors, providing its own contrasting iridescence. Originating in the Shantung province in China, this fabric is extremely versatile.
Silk shantung offers crisp adaptability and subtle luster that make it a popular choice in dresses, suits and coats for all occasions. It's also a commonly used silk in the crafting of exquisite Indian saris and suits. Although silk shantung fabric can be washed, we recommend that it be dry cleaned to help preserve the signature, crisp authority the material is known for.