What Is Habotai? A Complete Guide to the Woven Methods, Specification, Characteristics, and Uses of Habotai

Published in April 4th, 2024 by Bush
Key Takeaways

Habotai is an amazing fabric, and people who have never touched it will likely mistake it as a non-silk fabric. When people feel it, there are vast differences between silk habotai and other silk fabrics (such as silk twill and silk charmeuse), which can lead to mistakes.

The truth is that Habotai is made from 100% silk and can be 6, 8, 10, 12, or 15 momme thick. This fabric is a kind of high-density silk fabric and often used as clothes linings, eye masks, and hand-painted scarves.

Currently most of the habotai is produced in China, UR Silk, as a professional silk fabric manufacturer, offers high quality habotai.

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Is Habotai Popular?

According to Google Trends, habotai is really popular since 2015. Habotai usually made of silk and people love it.

warp and weft

How is Habotai woven?

Habotai (silk habotai) is a thin fabric. For example, we list the most common 8-momme thick silk habotai with 114cm width: the warp and weft threads are made of 2 20/22D mulberry silk threads with untwisted weaving.

There is a clear difference between the silk georgette and silk habotai: the warp and weft threads from silk georgette are twisted, so the surface of the silk georgette will have a crepe feeling, while the silk habotai is smooth and crepe-free.


The regular thickness of Habotai is 6/8/10/12/15 momme, and there are various fabrics of various widths to choose from. We listed some examples so you can select the correct width.

Product Width Momme
Scarf 94/114 cm 6/8 momme
Clothes 140 cm 10/12 momme
Beddings 210/240/280 cm 25 momme

Due to the weaving method of Habotai being very different from other silk fabrics, the front and back of Habotai look the same, without strong reflection and dazzling. This fabric is more suitable for decorations or use as accessories. The shrinkage rate is small, usually around 5%.

What is differences between silk habotai and silk Crepe De Chine

We list the warp density and weft density for silk habotai and silk Crepe De Chine:

  • Silk Habotai: 8 momme, 114 cm width, warp density: 500 roots/10 cm, weft density: 450 roots/10 cm
  • Silk Crepe De Chine: 16 momme, 114 cm width, warp density: 590 roots/10 cm, weft density: 380 roots/10 cm

See the differences? One is 8-momme silk fabric (Habotai), one is 16-momme (Crepe De Chine), 16mm silk fabric has 590 roots per 10cm, while 8mm has 500 roots! Compared with the weft density, the 16-momme has 380 roots per 10cm, while the 8-momme has 450! This proves that silk habotai is a high-density silk fabric.

What Are the Characteristics of Habotai?

  • Smooth: Habotai is soft and does not feel rough against the skin.
  • Anti-static: Like most silks, silk habotai does not have static electricity.
  • Versatility: Habotai is available in a wide range of thicknesses, from 6 momme to 25 momme, allowing you to use the fabric for various apparel, accessories, and bedding.
  • Excellent drape: Habotai has always been a good choice for making garments due to the specificity of the preparation method.

3 common uses for Habotai

  • Clothes: Habotai is used in the textile industry for its soft hand feel.
  • Bed linens: Because Habotai is exceptionally soft and does not produce static electricity, it is the ideal fabric for bed sheets. People feel comfortable lying on habotai sheets.
  • Hand-painted scarves: habotai scarves are paint-friendly. It absorbs more paint than chiffon scarves, so this scarf is the perfect choice for hand-painted scarves.

Where Does Habotai produce?

Although several countries worldwide produce silk fabrics, such as Turkey and India, the habotai fabric is made only in China.

In China, Zhejiang Province is the largest producer of silk habotai, with Hangzhou and Huzhou being the two cities with the most significant production.


Fabric care guide: How do you care for Habotai?

Habotai should only be hand-washed or dry-cleaned, not machine-washed. Always check the washing instructions on the wash label before washing.

  • Wash silk products of similar colors together to prevent color bleeding.
  • Do not Bleach.
  • Do not tumble-dry
  • Do not exposure to sunlight - this will cause the fabric to turn yellow.

Where to buy affordable luxury silk habotai?

We recommend that you buy silk habotai at UR Silk, which we founded with a simple goal: to produce and sell silk products that people can afford. Learn more about our custom silk scarves, pillowcases, headbands, and other real silk products.

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