One great property of silk is its ability to absorb colours. This makes it a wonderful fabric to make scarves and dresses out of. Often though you will find rather expensive dresses made of silk fabric (either a fine chiffon or georgette silk) that requires a lining as this silk is see through and very light.
Now to keep costs down or maximise profits several companies make the lining out of nylon, polyester, acetate or some other man made fabric. This of course defeats the purpose of wearing silk close to your skin and maximise all those useful benefits mentioned previously.
So next time you are out shopping for a silk dress check the inside labels carefully.Make sure that if the dress doesn’t have a silk lining then at least ensure it is made of a natural fibre. Othewise on hot humid days you could find when wearing your dress it becomes very hot and sticky. People often complain then that silk is hot when in fact it is the man made lining that is the culprit.
In fact it is always a good idea to check the inner labels to see what the garment is made of. I have had several sales staff tell me something was silk when in fact it was 100% polyester when I checked it out.