Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 25 reviews
22 of 25 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Just what I wanted -
By: WMJK from Brecksville, Ohio
The silk blouses I bought were just right! I enjoy wearing silk. They are great for my lifestyle.
odd collar fit -
By: Gitte4711 from Minnesota
I returned this blouse. The fabric is nice, bit the collar is an odd combination of peter pan and button down, which lies flat around the neck. Not flattering on a slim figure, but might actually be better for a full figured person.
just what I was looking for -
I've been trying to find a short-sleevedsilk shirt for four years, and now I have finally found one that actually fits. Well done, Orvis!
silk shirt returned -
By: maresydoats from Illinois
The color was nice and the fabric fine, but I wasn't expecting the button down collar.
Beautiful material -
By: Bjbyron from Michigan
Love this blouse. It is so soft and very well made. The fit was perfect even though I am quite short. The colors are lovely.
By: 3127atptwa from Port Townsend, WA
I've worn my short sleeve silk blouse (so soft) under a jacket and with a cardigan. It's a classict look with covered-placket front on blouse. Easy to dress up or down. Looking forward to warmer weather to show it off wearing skirt or pants, Good buy -- always a good buy from Orvis.
Excellent luck -
By: Nickmom060610 from Catlogue
I loved this blouse when a friend was wearing it. It came and fits perfectly. Very happy with experience.
soft thick silk -
By: mkt1965 from peachtree city ga.
Top 1000 Contributor
this blouse exceeded my expectations. The fabric is luxuriously thick and soft.
Really good -
By: Cate2 from Swindon
Quality good and just great to wear under a jumper with a neat collar.
|Silk: an ancient fabric, luxurious and versatile|
The legendary origins of silk
Silk is one of the oldest textiles known to man, but the methods of silk production remained a mystery in the West for centuries. Legend has it that a Chinese empress discovered silk in the 27th century BC while bathing; a cocoon dropped into her steaming bath water and unraveled. The empress had her handmaidens weave the strands together, and so the first silk thread was made.
A Fabric Worth It's Weight in Gold
Whatever the truth to that story, silk was solely a Chinese product and the silk workers kept the harvesting process a well-guarded secret for almost 3,000 years. In Roman times silk was a valuable commodity, literally worth its weight in gold. The ever-increasing demand for the lustrous material led to the creation of the Silk Road, a trade route that connected Asia with Europe, around 200 BC.
Silk fiber comes from the cocoon of the silk worm and it is extremely versatile. It’s comfortable to wear year-round, as it is naturally breathable and absorbs moisture. Silk takes dye very well, resulting in rich depth of color; it is lustrous, reflecting light for that telltale sheen. Surprisingly, silk batting, commonly used as an insulation layer in coats, provides 20% more warmth than goose down.
Strongest Natural Fiber on Earth?
Silk’s biggest secret, perhaps, might be its strength. Pressure tests have been done proving that a steel filament of the same diameter as a silk one will break before the silk does. Silk’s inherent elasticity insures that it can stretch up to 20% without damage. Silk, it turns out, may be the strongest natural fiber in the world.
Indulge Yourself with Silk: A Practical Luxury
Its strength, comfort and beauty make silk a practical luxury that's always a fabulous clothing value. Indulge yourself with something in silk today from Orvis!