Every length of silk produced by Brilliant Silk is individually hand painted. No two pieces are the same. Depth, complexity, and texture are hallmarks of our colours. This ensures that each garment, scarf, or wrap is an original work of "Wearable Art".
Brilliant Silk uses a wide range of silk fabrics to create our unique range of garments and fashion accessories. Properties such as handle, drape, lustre, and ability to dye, etc. are considered carefully before we design a garment.
Light weight Pure Silk Habotai si ideal for scarves and shawls. Its properties make it perfect to hand print and hand paint. The handle and drape of this fabric creates the perfect combination for this fashion accessory.
Silk Twill fabric colours beautifully and possesses structual stability which makes it an ideal garment lining. The Silk Patchwork Jacket is made from Habotai and Twill. Our Wool Coat is designed to have a wool outer and silk twill lining for maximum comfort and style. A heavy silk twill is used in our hand printed men's ties.
Silk Crepe has the texture and drape to flatter the figure in our soft silk jackets
Our latest range of garments are made from devore velvet, velvet, and deep pile velvet. The velvet fabric is made by weaving a rayon pile into a silk chiffon base. The Devore Fabric is created when sections of the rayon pile are removed in a burnout process. Devore Velvet is a "Brilliant" fabric for us. The "devore" burnout process creates a three dimensional surface which we hand paint, creating a fabric in which colours shimmer across the fabric's surface. It is used in our Swing Jackets, Ruanas, Fringed Ruanas, Scarves, and Shawls.
The Devore Fringed Ruana is a unique "Brilliant" burnout design; the leaves, gum blossoms and branches of the Blue Gum capture the hard but colourful character of the Australian bush. Jack's inspiration for the fabric design came from the Australian Blue Gum
The solid velvet deep pile fabric captures a richness and depth of colour which is a feature of our Deep Pile Velvet Vests and long sleeve Velvet Jacket.
Colouration of our silk is achieved in several different stages:
Dyeing - The colours are hand mixed from acid and reactive dyes. Colour mixes are continually evolving. Dyes mixed from a number of base colours yield richer and more complex colour tones, and are particularly evident in the devore velvets.
Layering - Occours in the painting process so that the intermingling and overlapping of different colours create dramatic tonal effects.
Surface Effects - Texture, tonal variation, and patterning on the silk are achieved using the following techniques; salting, flecking with anti diffusants, forced air drying and water dappling. The silks are then steamed to enhance the brilliance of our colours and to make them colourfast.