Did you know that Satin was prevalent during the Middle Ages and was actually a weave derived from silk? Satin was a very expensive fabric and therefore it was bought by the wealthy. The name ‘Satin’ is derived from the place it originated,- Quanzhou (a port city in China) which was also known as ’Zayton’ by the Arabs. Origin & History
The Satin weave owes its origins to the city of Zayton or Zaitun in China, from where it was originally exported to different parts of the world. The original Satin was woven out of silk threads. Such was the luxurious effect of Satin that it immediately became a large import to Italy in the 12th and 13th centuries by the Romans for the elegance that they brought to the royal garments. It was only after the invention of the power loom and the Industrial Revolution that this costly fabric became more accessible to the not-so-wealthy population.
Satin is a delicate fabric and needs to be properly maintained in order to increase the life of the garment. Dry-cleaning is normally preferred for Satin fabrics with a silk weave. However, polyester Satin can be washed delicately with a mild detergent. Never wring your Satin garments for drying. Simply hang them. While ironing Satin garments, make sure that you iron on the reverse side with a temperature that is on low heat.