Hand painted and hand printed – what’s the difference?

Original or print? There is an extremely big difference between these two words. Many people mistake the word ‘print’ as if it is an original piece, however, this is not the case. At its simplest, we can define a print as a reproduction. In essence, it is a copy of the original.

When searching for hand made silk garments or works of art therefore, this explains why you may discover a huge difference in price. It’s worth checking how the item is produced. If it has a low price tag, it’s likely been printed and reproduced many times, it is not an original.

The higher priced silk items will, most probably, be hand painted; they will be original one off pieces and you won’t see any others looking exactly the same. In this instance, you are paying for the designer’s creativity, time, passion, materials and sheer excellence.

Only originals can truly portray the mood intended by the artist. Although prints may seem beautiful and well executed to the untrained eye, whilst they may depict the rough idea behind the piece they can never truly make you feel and appreciate the deep essence of the intended message.

My hand-crafted pieces, drawn or painted could never be the same if they were to be scanned and reproduced, even if this was produced with a high end scanner. Prints can never push the true depth through to the audience. There is no dimension to a print. With my original pieces you can experience the dyes bleeding into each fibre of the silk, like veins of the artwork, like roots burying into the silk.

I personally feel that by creating original pieces, I deliver the best quality of artistic precision for my customers, with a personal experience and a sense of individuality. By steering clear of producing prints I can ensure that each piece goes home to a person that will truly love and cherish my work, someone that has chosen a specific one-of-a-kind item, knowing that they, and only they, will be the only person that can experience the entire beauty of artwork. 


By purchasing an original, I can ensure that you, the customer, will experience the artwork in the way I have intended and will stand out amongst the crowd with a simply beautiful one-off piece of hand produced, bespoke design.


It’s how I like it, and I know it’s how my customers like it. Be yourself, be truly original, choose hand made silks, designed by Diana. You’re worth it!

How to choose the right type of silk

Types of silk fabric

There are many types of silk fabric produced. These are the most well-known:

 pongeHabotai – also known as China silk, Pongee, the ”classic” silk fabric and was used to line kimonos. This type silk has differen thickness. A sheer basic plain weave fabric that is soft and drapes well – usually used as garment lining. The basics silks are typically used for lining, painting and printing, handkerchiefs, lightweight loose fitting garments and garment dyeing, banners, art & craft, film and theatre.

chiffonChiffon – An elegant, sheer and more loosely woven fiber with a soft beautiful drape and a crepe like texture. 100% silk chiffon, they float like a feather on a summer breeze! These are probably the next most popular fabric to Habotai to make scarves from as well as beautiful! Sometimes called Crepe Chiffon, this fabric is highly suited for special occasion dresses, scarves, nightgowns, and linings, bridal, lingerie, smart day, evening and cocktail wear, veils, shawls, scarves, nuno felting, painting, printing etc. Also frequently used in film and theatre work. Chiffon is softer and thinner than Georgette. [Georgette is made like chiffon, but with a two or three ply yarn. The silk is strong and yet light in weight with a matte crinkly surface producing a wonderful drape. Designs made with this silk have a delightful light and bouncy sense. Whilst developed primarily for bridal wear it is a stunning fabric for contemporary wear. Typically used for bridal, scarves, shawls, evening wear, contemporary garments, trimmings, film and theatre.] Because of its slippery quality, chiffon is difficult to cut and sew. NOTE: Chiffon shrinks a lot because of loose weave, much more in length- drying scarves while stretched helps reduce shrinkage.

crepe-de-chineCrepe de Chine – The “Mercedes” of the silks, Crepe de Chine is heavier and more substantial than the Habotai, with a soft, more luxurious texture. The crepe finish adds a bit of interest and has a more subtle sheen, a smooth surface and an elegant shimmer. Additionally, Crêpe de Chine is also extremely wrinkle resistant due to its especially elastic yarns. This silk is very suitable for light blouses and tunics.


Silk Satin – These are a medium weight silk with a great drape and flow. Silky with an extremely smooth shiny top surface, a luxurious very draping silk, with a shiny satin face and matt crepe back. This is what many people think of when they think “silk”. Nice when you want something more luxurious and less sheer. It can be used to create elegant and chic designs with a classic bias cut which are often considered slinky and sexy. Ladies’ blouses, seductive yet sophisticated lingerie, lounge wear, evening and cocktail wear, dressage stocks, millinery, film and theatre work.

organzaOrganza – This sheer, lightweight fabric is like a stiffer, crisper, and sturdier cousin of chiffon. Organza is a versatile silk which can be used to add layers of volume and also makes a great structured silk for use as backing for sheer designs. Organza makes us think of all things bridal, romance and big occasions, couture, structured outfits, millinery, veils, nuno felting, art & craft, film and theatre.

Diana designs the most stunning silk painted scarfs. This shoot shows her designing the medium range silks and the start of a top of the range silk scarf. The first scarf is full of peone roses, the third scarf is designed with dragon flies, a sun and landscape.

Hope it will help to choose right type of silk.