What is this intriguing device I noticed at a friend's house? Friend has no idea. It's about 6 inches in length. It was patented by Holland Mfg of Willamantic, CT, and a Google search suggests it might have something to do with 19th century silk manufacturing. Ideas?
I've come across a website exporting used silk and rayon saris from India. A few seem in poor condition, or have some obvious stains. But some appear pristine. My question is, one, is there not a market for second-hand saris in India? Two, what renders a sari unwearable, apart from stains and rips and obvious wear? Like, would you not be seen dead in a fabric pattern from 5 years ago? And three, would you not want your mother's or grandmother's vintage silk saris, and if not, wouldn't somebody else? I can't understand why it makes economic sense to export this stuff: the garments on the website seem too cheap for 5 yards of vivid silk, even if the buyer has to discard portions of it.
[Stainremovalfilter] Spilled some delicious beet juice on my aqua blue sweater. It's silk and cashmere. [more inside]
How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
I am doing a musical theatre revue in a formal gown. I am fat and there will be dancing. How can I minimize the look and feel of sweat and still stay fancy? [more inside]
How to fix horrific bleach-on-silk tragedy. [more inside]
I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
Please recommend sheets for someone who gets very warm in the night. [more inside]
I can't get a body odor smell out of an expensive silk dress. Dry cleaning seems to have made it worse. Does anyone know what might get the smell out?
Any tips to help me repair the damage to a dress I've worn only once? [more inside]