We Value Your Privacy

We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site.

Update Consent
Loading ...

How to Determine the Right Side of Dupioni Silk Fabric

Updated July 20, 2017

Dupioni silk is an exquisite fabric with a lustrous appearance on both its front and back sides. Typically, this particular silk is made from multiple colours of fabric woven together, and the final result is a rich, iridescent material that changes depending on the light. When working with this fine fabric, it can be difficult to decide which side is right and which is wrong. Fortunately, following a few simple steps will help you immensely in deciding which is the right side of your Dupioni silk.

Loading ...
  1. Look for small bumps in the fabric. These bumps are referred to as "slubs" and they originate from bonding of the fibres during weaving. Typically these bumps are more pronounced on one side, and that side is often labelled the right side.

  2. Brush your hand over the fabric. Examine whether one side feels bumpier than the other side. This method can often yield better results than Step 1 when looking for bumps. Whichever side has more "slubs" will be the right side.

  3. Expose your fabric to different lighting environments. See whether or not one side shimmers more than the other. Again, this would be the side most often considered the right side.

  4. Tip

    There really is no "right" side of Dupioni silk. The fun part of working with this fabric is realising that you get to pick whichever side appeals to you more. Either one will end up looking fabulous.


    Pin the wrong side of your fabric to assist you later during the cutting and sewing process. Since the sides are so similar, it will be easy to mix them up.

Loading ...

About the Author

Katherine Ragland is a physician and writer who published her first article in the Athens, Ga., magazine "Flagpole" in 2004. She attended the University of Georgia on the Foundation Fellowship scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology. Ragland is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Loading ...