I tried, I really tried. But I couldn't do it ...
I could not resist!
I bought 3 yards of this silk/rayon blend when I was at Fabrique
buying the yardage for my daughter's wrap.
It's a silk burnout, or what is also called a devore.
Basically, the blend of silk and rayon are woven together
and dyed accordingly,
then a caustic substance - sodium bisulfate - is applied,
in this case following the stripes.
The rayon, which is a cellulose product (made from wood pulp),
is burned away leaving behind the silk, which is a protein product.
The process does not weaken the silk fiber,
but it does produce a semi-sheer effect where the rayon was burned out.
I hope these close-up photos give you a better idea:
The wide, lighter stripes are where the burnout occurred.
For this photo I laid the fabric on top of some teal-colored chenille
which really pops the color variations.
My plan is to make either a skirt or a dress with
an aqua-colored underlayment.
I'm toying with the idea of pleats ... small ones that
follow the burnout stripes.