How To Identify Pure Silk Saree – 5 Easy And Free Tests

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There will hardly be any female who does not like to wear silk saree, most of the women in India prefer to wear silk saree. But many women do not know that how to identify pure silk saree.

If you are also one of them and you also face problems in differentiating between artificial silk and pure silk, then this article is for you. After reading this article, you will be able to identify pure silk very easily and no shopkeeper will be able to fool you. So Let’s start.

How to identify pure silk saree ?

We are going to share with you five easy ways to identify pure silk saree, so let’s know what those methods are.

How to identify pure silk saree – Test 1

Ring Test

You might know about the ring test or even if you do not know, then it is a very easy test and you can easily do it.

So to do this test you have to take a ring and put it in the ring from any part of the saree and try to pull it out from the ring if the saree passes through the ring then 90% we can say  may be it is pure silk saree.

Because silk fabric is very soft and can easily pass through the ring, if it is pure silk. Sometimes the pure silk saree also cannot pass through the ring because it has embroidery on it. Keep in mind that if it is embroidered, it can also get stuck in the ring.

How to identify pure silk saree – Test 2

Texture Test

To do the texture test, you have to look at the saree very carefully, when you look at the saree very carefully. If the saree is made of pure silk, then you will see small knots in it, which remains while making the saree of pure silk.

This is a recognition that it is not seen in art silk, artificial silk sarees are absolutely plain, there will be no knots etc. because it is machine made and there are 0% chances of messing up in the machine.

So next time you go to buy a silk saree, then do look at it carefully, then you will be able to easily recognize that if there are knots in it. If there are knots, then it is definitely a pure silk saree.

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How to identify pure silk saree – Test 3

Burn Test

In this method you have to burn the saree, we are not saying that you should burn the entire saree, but what we mean is that you should burn a small piece of that saree.

Now you must be thinking that how burning a piece of a saree will tell you whether it is pure silk or artificial silk. The answer is very simple. When you burn a pure silk saree, it smells like burning dry leaves.  On the other hand, when you burn an artificial silk saree, it smells like burning plastic, then you will be able to easily identify whether it is pure silk or artificial silk.

Apart from the smell, there is one more thing that when the artificial silk saree is completely burnt, then its residue will be left like plastic and the pure silk saree’s residue will remain negligible, which will become like a fine powder when rubbed in the palm. But this will not happen in artificial silk saree.

If you run a saree shop and sell silk sarees, then you must do this test to identify pure silk saree and if you are a normal customer and want to identify pure silk saree for yourself.  You should also do a test.

Sometimes it happens that the shopkeeper does not provide any piece, then you can do this test later, when you go to get the saree stitched, then you can burn the remaining pieces of the blouse so that you will know whether it is pure silk or artificial silk.

How to identify pure silk saree – Test 4

Palm Rub Test

This test is very easy to do and you can try it when you are looking at the saree in the shop. To do this test, you have to keep the saree between your two palms and rub the palms vigorously.  If you rub the palms strongly then the saree which is in the middle will generate heat.

If heat is generated then that saree is pure silk saree and if the heat is not felt then definitely it is artificial silk saree.

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How to identify pure silk saree – Test 5

Chemical Test

This fifth test to identify pure silk saree is not for the common customer, if you are a businessman or shop owner and buy silk sarees in bulk, then you must try this test. With this test you can definitely find out that a saree is of pure silk or artificial silk.

So to do this test, you have to prepare a chemical solution. To prepare this solution, you have to take 18 grams of copper sulphate (CuSo4) and you have to add 8 grams of Glycerin (C3H8O3) to it. Now you have to add 1 tablespoon caustic soda which is also known as sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Now add 150 cc water to it.

After doing this process, your solution is ready, now you have to put the threads of saree in this solution. If that thread is completely dissolved in this solution and it is not visible, then that saree is of pure silk. If that thread is not dissolved in it then it is all artificial silk saree.

This test is done by the government to identify the purity of silk. And after doing this test, any pure silk is given a silk mark, which is a symbol of the purity of silk.


Which silk is best for saree?

Kanjeevaram silk is considered best for silk saree. Kanjeevaram sarees are world famous.

Which silk is costly?

Mulberry silk considered the most expensive silk.

Why silk cloth is too costly?

Silk cloth is expensive because the cost of production of silk cloth is very high. For Example – only 1 kg of silk comes out of about 5000 silk worms, and it takes a lot of hard work and money in production of silk.

Is silk worth the money?

Silk is very comfortable and natural fibre which makes it healthy to skin and it’s shining and durability is also top notch. Silk worth it’s every single penny.


If you have read this article completely, then I believe that now you will not need to go anywhere and search by writing how to identify pure silk saree. We have told you all the ways to identify pure silk.  Now shop with confidence and easily identify pure silk. Also if you wants to know how pure silk is produced you can see this Wikipedia article on Sericulture. Have a good day.

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