Silk is one of the prettiest and most lustrous fabrics. Yarns obtained from silk cocoons are treated and woven using different combinations of weft and warp to make different variants of silk like raw, tussar, dupion, shantung, etc. Dupion, also called as ‘Dupionni’ is derived from the Italian word ‘doppio’ which means ‘double’.
Characteristics of the fabric: • The fabric is woven using twin silk strands which makes it stronger and stronger than many other silk variants. • Dupion has a slightly lumpy surface due to the presence of crosswise irregularities called slubs. These irregularities arise due to the use of twisted double yarns. • It is resistant to wrinkles and is highly suitable for heavy embellishments like stone work, beads, zardosi and appliqués.
Sarees made with Dupion Silk:
Thick and lustrous; dupion silk saris look crispy and sturdy. The uneven texture of the fabric reflects the beauty of natural silk yarns thus giving a unique aesthetic appeal to the drape. From a casual day out to upscale weddings, you can flaunt a vibrant dupion drape with effortless style. Often such drapes are combined with metallic threads called ‘zari’ to weave intricate patterns into the garment. Such zari work saris are preferred for religious occasions and festivals in India. For her wed-lock ceremony, a bride can wear a heavy dupion silk sari embellished with zardozi work, resham-embroidery and mirror work. A red lehenga saree made with dupion silk would make a beautiful reception outfit. The use of natural fibers renders distinctive beauty and a sophisticated appeal to these drapes. Bringing the best of ethnic fashion at the best prices, saree.com has a lovely collection of dupion saris.
Characteristics of the fabric: • The fabric does not stretch hence if laces are to be stitched onto the saree the placements have to be precise. • Chemicals and even water falling on the garment can lead to stains. • Direct sunlight will fade the garment and deteriorate its quality. • Water tends to make the fabric very soft, hence while ironing the sari too much water shoul