Cambodian Hoi Silk Tango Skirt Red (8,10,12)

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Cambodian Hoi silk fabric is dyed and woven all by hand in the traditional ikat style and is simply stunning! This fabric can be found in a large variety of colours, with patterns varying from tiny and complex to large and bold. Cambodian hoi silk is commonly woven in 1.75 to 3.5m length pieces, intended to be made into the long traditional skirts by women at very formal occasions. I’ve always dreamed of designing this striking and culturally unique fabric into a modern design, enabling it to be enjoyed elsewhere in the world. The colours of the fabric I have selected from Cambodia are muted-vibrant (if you can imagine that), being not luridly bright, and not at all dull. The fabric weight is relatively heavy compared to the more commonly available hand-woven fine silks of the region, however is not stiff like taffeta silk.

The design of the Cambodian Hoi Tango Skirt is gathered and full, with fine silk charmeuse lining hand-dyed by me in colours to match each piece of Hoi silk that we purchased. This fabric is narrow, so skirts cannot be made longer for taller people. Instead, these skirts are designed to be worn around the waist for smaller people, and around the hips for bigger people. Please refer to the skirt length to see if you will be happy with the length of this skirt for your size. 

One aspect of working with hand-woven fabrics is that often designs need to consider challenges such as narrow fabrics, and tricky to work with patterns. If you would prefer your larger-sized skirt to be worn around the waist (if it will be long enough for you), just ask a dressmaker to take your skirt in at the waist. 

This style of silk fabric can be found in some absolutely gorgeous colours and patterns, of which I collected several during a recent trip to Cambodia. I wonder what I’ll design next in this fabric? Only 2-4 skirts could be made for each uniquely patterned piece of hoi silk that I purchased, so these are quite limited editions!

For a Perfect Fit: Checkout our Handy Sizing Guide

Note: The length of our Tango skirts is 50cm, with the waist band designed to fit at the waist for small sizes, and around the hips for larger sizes. Fabric width was the limitation. Please check this length on yourself to see if you will be happy with the fit of this skirt for your size. The monsoon Rags fairy is a size 7-8, so the skirt will sit higher than on our images for taller people. 

Fit: fitted waist band, full skirt
Fabric strength: strong
Lining: fine silk charmeuse (crepe-backed satin)
Occasion: formal, semi-formal, smart-casual
Season: all seasons, layer accordingly
Layerable: yes
Care: cold water only, hand wash, gentle machine wash on own



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Monsoon Rags' Handy Sizing Guide

We understand what it’s like to buy clothing online without trying on first…. and we want to help you find the right fit. Check out our handy sizing guide and advice on how to get the best fit for your Monsoon Rags Skirt or Dress.

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Monsoon Rag's Handy Sizing Guide

If you have any questions about sizing, please email us at info@monsoonrags.com.au Also we are more than happy to pull out a tape measure for questions about a garment of interest. 

Please refer to the info section on each of our garments, as there were some fabric width limitations meaning that some designs are the same length for all sizes – so will look shorter when worn by people bigger than size 8. Particularly the Guatemalan dresses and the Cambodian Hoi Silk Tango Skirts. 
 
There is no one cardboard cut-out ‘normal’ woman shape, we are not all clones of one another! Have you discovered that one brand may be a perfect fit for your size, while another just never sits right? I certainly have!
 
For Monsoon Rags sizing, we have chosen what I have guessed will be a fairly typical bust, waist and hip ratio of our predicted type of customer. I’m imagining a fairly active, adventurous woman who has a fit and healthy figure, who is not super-skinny, but not super curvy either.
 
If you are curvier than our choice of female shape (don’t despair!), a fix would be to order a size that won’t be tight anywhere (bust or bottom), and have a dressmaker alter the garment for a perfect fit. Check our sizing measurements, measure yourself, and choose the size that won’t be too tight anywhere. You may need to order a size that is one up from your favourite curvier shaped brands, but it’s so much easy for a dressmaker to take in a loose garment, than to let seams out and have them fray and pull out later on. Please note, none of our garments are made from stretch fabrics.
 
If you are skinnier than our choice of female shape, it’s an easy fix. Just order your size – height and hips are probably the biggest considerations, and have a dressmaker take in the roomier areas of the garment. This is my problem, I have to alter most off-the shelf garment purchases for a better chest and back fit. 
 
Warning: if the size you ordered is too tight, it’s not a great idea to let the seams out. The seams are exactly the right width to ensure that the fabric will not fray and pull out from seams – especially the silk fabrics. So letting out seams is most likely going to reduce the life of your garment and end in tears. Please don’t! Contact us for a size swap and we’ll sort you out.
 
Also, if you are a size 6 or 16 + and are interested in our designs, we would love to hear from you. If we receive a number of requests for sizes outside of those we stock (8, 10, 12, 14), we will certainly look to add those to future collections.