All-Silk Goods

These must contain no other textile fibre, such as cotton, linen, wool, ramie, rayon or any other. Fabrics called "all-silk" are commonly adulterated by means of weighted dyes in both warp and weft. The limit of weighting is commonly given as 50 and 100 per cent (warp and weft), the percentage being based on the return weight as against the weight of the natural silk handed to the dyer, which is, of course, 16-oz. to the lb. Actually the percentage of weighting is more, owing to the "boiling-off" losses by the removal of the natural gum.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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