|Paj Silk is semi-gloss|
Since I go through over 120 yards a year and more, it's the only way to go. Each time I fall in love with a source, one really bad batch of 4.5mm silk gauze arrives (all 50 yds of it!) and the quality is, literally, in the toilet. Snags to high heaven, frays up to an entire inch around all the edges without even handling it.......I've had it happen to 3 previous sources.
99% of silk sold in the world is imported from China. Most wholesalers, as I have learned, can end up with a bad batch of silk fabrics of all weights, types and sizes----they get the junk too.
Wholesalers also don't always know there is a quality problem until they hear from a customer like me who calls to return the bad batch of silk.
What happens next is that I can't order from them for a year or 2 because they usually have tens of thousands of yards of the unsuitable silk yardage that will not work for me.
Good silk wholesalers are very hard to find. (And not all of you have a biz or could quality for a wholesale acct. - more about this coming soon!)
My new source is Exotic Silks in Mountain View CA. You have to submit your biz license and there's a 15 yard min. for all orders with a min. $ order of $100.
I got my last batch of 22 yds of 4.5mm SILK GAUZE and was really pleased with the quality. I used it all up for holiday sales so I am back to order another batch.
Exotic Silks now carries PAJ SILK - I ordered it (4.5mm) and will share with you what it's like to use the silk type/weight that is so popular for nuno felters worldwide (Paj is not usually available in the US, must not be any demand for it.) MORE COMING ABOUT PAJ SILK.