Peau de soie translates from the French literally as ‘the skin of silk’, and is  a medium to  heavy satin weave cloth which is soft and matte – like skin, with a stiffer drape. It’s main use is for weddings but also for chic furnishings, bed drapes and tailored lampshades. In weave, in making up and in application it is very similar to duchesse satin though  with none of the sheen and a heavier hand.

I really like  the feel and the hand of washed peau de soie for furnishings; it’s soft with a chalky  finish that perfectly suits the current more casual way of living – luxury does shabby chic.



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