A muted crepe on the back side and shimmery lustrous satin on the top side. It is heavier and more substantial than plain Satin or Crepe de Chine, has a firm, soft, supple hand and a luxuriously heavy drape. Dyes and paints will show an intensity of color and richness on this fiber. This fabric is traditionally considered to be the best of the best, unless you get into the velvets. These have hand rolled hems with 100% silk thread. Ready to dye and paint.