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Thunder March,Reverse when removing your tie.Grenadines are best with a FIH knot only because Windsor type knots etc tend to make too large of a knot with a grenadine weave - you can make a tight knot but this may shorten the ties life due to abrasion.There are no rules on knots and ties - wear what you like.
I think you have the answer - you are perhaps making a tight knot.But normally the tightness won't be a big problem except maybe with a loose wear such as a grenadine then the problem tends to be abrasion.
The weave is the issue with grenadines as it is a loose weave; not the fabric type, so cashmere, silk, linen and so on all have the same issue.All unlined ties with any number of folds will have this problem and I don't suggest them unless you have worn them before and are certain that you love them.All lined ties of any number of folds will work well over time so to answer your question lined 6-folds are a better construction than an unlined 7-fold. "I Just noticed you...
Jay,Good questions.Not a recent discovery, for over 10 years I have suggested not using a 7-fold construction for grenadines.Yes, I do steer clients away from unlined 7-fold grenadines.The photos in our gallery are not taken by us and it is just a coincidence if you see seven-fold grenadines.In general unlined 7-folds have wrinkles and small uneven knots and can easily lose their shape.I only suggest ordering unlined 7-folds when you have worn them before and are 100%...
Am I missing something - the design is on the diagonal and horizontal as is normal...
Shantung and most fabrics are all seasons.Personal style choices are what forums such as this one are about.Other than very formal weddings or other similar events one should be free to wear what you like.I would not hesitate to wear any fabric in any season if it worked well for myself.But I grew up in the fashion business so perhaps this influences my thoughts...
Grossa is not too thick for an unlined 7-fold but I do not suggest using a grenadine silk for a 7-fold as grenadines tend to stretch and won't hold its shape over time.
Correct - our rough Thai silk is denser/thicker than normal - so more expensive to make.We start off with silk that is twisted together and then it is woven in a plain weave by hand.The silk is reeled not spun. (It is not wild silk)
Shantung refers to an area of ChinaRaw silk refers to the natural coating not being removed.Normally wild silk will have the moth break the cocoon which then means the silk can't be reeled and must be spun resulting in a lower grade of silk.Raw silk does not have to be from Shantung - correct and does not have to be Tussah or wild silk.Example a cultivated silk can be raw silk.While there will be some traditional silk families in Shantung with their own definitions which...
Shantung is an area of China and for hundreds of years wild silk from here was handwoven in a plain weave.Tussah is a more general term and not from one special area. It is probably an older term than Shantung.Wild silk is normally a lower grade of silk and is spun not woven.We have not used Shantung at any time and we also don't use wild silk as we prefer the higher quality reeled silk.We have woven silk by hand for a very long time over many generations of Noi's...
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