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What fabric and stretch are your Aerial Silks?

What we refer to as “silks” or “Tissue” is typically Nylon Tricot fabric or a Polyester Interlock. It comes in low-medium stretch (Nylon) and High stretch (Polyester). We prefer and only stock the low-medium stretch Nylon for a studio environment and performance use as it has better long term durability than Polyester. Because of its low-medium stretch Nylon makes it a lot easier to work with for beginners and provides higher performance for professional use. High stretch fabric has a lot of 'bounce' after drops and at the bottom of a dynamic movement, it is overall much more challenging to work with and it can feel way more pinchy in certain skills!

Our Aerial fabric is a 40 denier Nylon tricot with low-medium stretch, it is a lightweight yet super strong and secure fabric.

Low-medium stretch refers to the overall stretch in the silks, which is around 3-6cm per meter under a persons worth of loading and 6-10cm per meter for dynamic movements (these measurements can very significantly on how the fabric is used, rigged and load applied).

How much fabric should I order?

Measure the height of your ceiling or rig. Double the height and add 2 meters for the tail on the floor & the knot on the figure 8. It is best to round up. If your ceilings are 5 meters, you’d want to order 12 meters of fabric.


What rigging hardware do I need?

The typical hardware for Aerial Silks set up is as follows:

  • 1 Rescue 8 – used to knot your fabric to

  • 1 Swivel – to allow the fabric to spin

  • 2 Carabiners – to attach to the rigging point and to the hardware

Click here to see a video of how to utilize your hardware.

Direct connect rigging for Aerial Hammock:

  • 2 Daisy Chains - to attach to the rigging point and to the hardware

  • 2 Carabiners - Used to knot the fabric to

What are the load limits of your equipment?

Some of our products are load/strength tested by us or our suppliers and various products are certified. We take no liability/responsibility for the load capacity of any of our products, or their failure through responsible or irresponsible operation. The usage and application of products will vary their load capacities from their ratings (as an example: knots in fabric will reduce its load capacity).

The equipment is ratings are approximately:

  • Steel Carabiners - MBS 25kN
  • Aluminum Swivel - MBS 35kN - WLL 6kN
  • 100cm Nylon sling - MBS 25kN
  • Daisy Chain - MBS 10KN end to end and 2.5KN per loop
  • 1.5m Round Sling Padded - WLL 15kN
  • CT Cheese Plate - 30kN - WLL 6kN
  • Nylon Tricot Fabric (two strands) - MBS 30KN - WLL 3kN
  • CT Figure 8 - MBS 25kN - WLL 12kN
  • Winged Figure 8 - MBS 30kN
  • Steel O Ring - MBS 50kN - WLL 20kN

MBS (Maximum Breaking Strain) and WLL (Working Load Limit)

Please understand that load ratings are supplied to the best of our ability and are given in good faith. Ensure you know your weight and the products breaking load before use. Your safety is of utmost importance. We do not recommend using/loading the products with more than one person unless specifically specified. Please ensure you understand what these ratings mean and determine how you use your products.

Our equipment is load tested in NZ, please contact us if you would like more information.

What are Aerial Slings and how is it different than a Yoga Hammock?

Aerial Sling belongs to the broader family of Aerial Arts and according to its name, it is in fact, a swing made of fabric. This swing works as a Hammock in which we get in, in order to conduct various positions and tricks, however, Aerial Yoga Hammocks are often shorter 4m to 6m and used to practice moves closely related to traditional Yoga.

How far apart should the ceiling bolts be installed for an Aerial Yoga hammock?

This is up to personal preference and varies depending on the size of the person. We recommend 45-55cm apart, but some prefer a wider seat. You can also hang the hammock from one suspension point, more common for aerial sling performance), but typically we recommend 2 attachment points for aerial yoga for better stability.

How high should I hang the hammock?

Height depends on personal preference. For most aerial yoga classes, we recommend that the hammock to falls about hip height - low enough that you can bend over in a forward fold, but high enough that your head will not touch the ground when inverted. Hammock height is easily adjustable by using different loops on the daisy chains that come with each hammock. If you are purchasing the silk fabric hammock, you can further adjust the height by increasing the amount of fabric used in your knot. Some studios will raise the fabric higher for more aerial style classes, or lower to knee height for restorative yoga

How do I store my silk when not in use?

All our silks come with a beautiful bag so you can store and transport it safely.

How to tape a Lyra/Aerial Hoop

There are quite a few different ways to tape a Lyra, here is way we have found works best.

Start at the bottom middle of the Lyra. Tape around the Lyra once then with the tape roll on a slight diagonal start taping around the Lyra and overlap the tape each wrap about 1/3 of the width. Continue to wrap up one side of the Lyra to the top and repeat starting at the bottom again going up the other side. Overlapping is important otherwise the tape will not have a downwards overlay and it will roll or be more prone to tackiness. Be careful of pulling the tape too tight as it will thin.
Lastly, from the top of the Lyra, run your hand down each side over the tape with a firm grip to make sure that it is tight and well stuck.

To get the longest lifespan out of your tape, avoid leaving it in the sun, rain, humidity. The tape is cotton based therefore, weather will deteriorate it.

Custom and personalized orders

We can create any custom length hammock or aerial silk needed, prices will vary depending on length. Contact us for custom order.

Wholesale availability

We offer a discount on bulk orders, please email us for wholesale discounts!

Can I cut the material?

Yes, you can safely strip your fabric from either direction (horizontal or vertical) without the need for searing.

Washing for both solid and hand-dyed fabrics.

You can wash/dry this material safely, treat as a delicate item in the washer. You can use gentle laundry soap however we have found that the best way to keep your fabric healthy and vibrant is to use 1-2 caps of distilled white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil. You may add a few drops of an essential oil of your liking for scent.

To dry, use low heat and pull the material out to undo knots it every 10 minutes or until dry. Or you can hang dry the material in your home. We do not recommend hanging in the sun to dry. Some colors are sensitive to UV.

Fabric Fading

We recommend not leaving your fabric in direct sunlight for more than a few hours (next to a window, outside etc..)

Are samples available?

Yes, a sample swatch of colors is available on request.

Care of equipment

For all our products:

  • Avoid using it in direct sunlight. This may fade or weaken the fabric or color.

  • Do not leave any product in adverse weather. Always pack away indoors in the dry after use.

  • We advise to not wear jewellery, zips, hair clips, or any item that may tear the fabric. If this occurs, discontinue use. We are not liable for any damages after you have taken delivery of your order.

  • Check your equipment before every use for damage and correct rigging and discontinue use immediately if anything is of concern or equipment is damaged.

  • Ensure you understand and get professional advice regarding weight limits and max load on products.

  • Ensure you rig your equipment up each use (including attaching hardware, re-knotting fabric, attaching slings) to ensure the hardware and rigging and products are secure – do not leave hung up or set up as this may alter the security of items such as carabiners.

We advise replacing silks, hammocks, and hardware after 12 months to ensure safety regardless of their condition or immediately when damage occurs. Be proactive with your safety. We are not liable for any damage or accidents with any product.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Aerial Silks is not a certified Aerial apparatus. We offer the breaking load. Aerial Silks are commonly used, so time has proven their strength. Use at your own risk.