Silk Habotai, which is better known as “China Silk” is the classic silk fabric that you usually come across. The meaning of the word Habotai is “soft as down”. It is a Japanese word, but is now referred to as China Silk, as most of its production is carried out in China. Sometimes, the material is also called habutae or hautae.
What is Silk Habotai?
Like I have mentioned already, silk habotai, which is sometimes also called habutai, is actually “china silk” or the classic silk fabric that we see everywhere in all kinds of clothing. Habotai, however, came from Japan, even though it is called china silk. It was traditionally woven in the island country. But now, most habotai silk is from China. Incidentally, the earliest silk we have came from China, from the Neolithic period tombs at Jiahu in Henan. This has been dated back to 8,500 years.
This variety of silk has a supple and soft hand and its sheen is lustrous. However, it does not have a high sheen. The surface is very slippery. You will get habotai in many different weights and thicknesses that are measured in mm or mommes. There is a sheerer and lightweight silk habotai version as well that is 8 mommes or 8mm. A 16mm habutai habotai on the other hand will be a very thick material.
Uses of Silk Habotai
There are many uses of silk habotai. It has been used traditionally to make silk kimonos, the Japanese garment wore during festivals and formal occasions. Now, it is a popular lining material, not just lining for clothing, but also for back packets and bags. I will elaborate on this a bit more, later in this article. This variety of silk is also used to make light lingerie, summer blouses, t-shirts, scarves, belly dancing veils, and silk pjs.
There are some other uses of silk habotai as well. For instance, it is used to make banners, flags, pillows, and even pillows. It is a perfect material for hiking and bicycle sports too because of the lightweight nature of this silk.
Silk habotai has a smooth surface, which is why traditionally artists have been using this for Nuno Felting and also for painting on the surface. In fact, it is used in all types of painting techniques.
Habotai Is a Great Lining Material
This is a supple and soft fabric with a lustrous sheen, which you will surely love. In fact, Habotai is one of the finest variants of China Silk, as it is lighter and has more lusters. It is lighter than silk charmeuse. The material is sometimes used as a lining fabric. This silk is perfect for lining as it is very comfortable, graceful, breathable, and provides a smooth finish. The garment can slip on and off easily. Habotai will also not add bulk when you use it in lining, which is exactly what you want.
Silk Habotai can also be used in summer blouses, lingerie and bedding. You can also use this high-quality fabric in loose fitting and semi-fitted apparel. Silk Habotai works very well with soft flowing, draped and full styles. It resists snags, wears evenly, and is available in many rich and fun colors.
You will find the best quality Silk Habotai at the Tissura fabric store.
Here are some ways to wear silk habotai…
Wear a Silk Jumpsuit
You will always look amazing in a silk jumpsuit. It is timeless and you can be sure that this outfit is never going to fail you. Plus, you can get dressed really quickly in this. Here, you see the fashion designer, model, host, and British writer Alexa Chung wearing an amazing jumpsuit. You can wear it with a sling bag and simple flats like her.
Silk Pant Suit
This is another way you can wear it. This outfit is going to look extremely trendy on you and make you a true fashionista. This dress is easy and quick to wear as well.
Try a Silk Top
The silk top you see in this picture is perfect for the summer, and even the fall or winter in the day time, if it is no more than mildly cold at your place. The silk top will sit comfortably on you, and make you look awesome. Finish your look by carrying the correct accessories.
Go for a silk pant if you don’t want to wear a pant suit. It can have an elaborate design like this one you see here, or it could be simpler with just a plain pant in one color without any design on it.
Silk Habotai for Lining
Silk Habotai is perfect as a lining material for your coats, jackets, suits, and even other dresses. A good lining will make even your scratchiest garment the most comfortable to wear. Silk, a natural material, breathes better than others, and keeps your body always dry and cool. The silk lining will also keep you warmer in cold weather. It will protect the garment and make it look good both from the inside and the outside.
Is Silk Habotai Tough?
Habotai silk has a smooth and slippery surface, which is why some people who haven’t used to material feel that it may not be as tough as some other fabrics, so they question its durability. However, if you hold habotai in hand, you will find it to be surprisingly tough. It can take all types of abuse – snapping, waving, tied around hips, accidentally trod upon, and tossed on the floor. Silk itself is very strong, and habotai is no exception. So there is no need to worry about tearing your cloth or some other damage.
It is easy to maintain the fabric as well. You can wash in warm water and medium dry. But remember, there can be an estimated 10% shrinking after washing and drying.