Silk quilts not only can preserve the heat in winter, but also devote to your health. Sometimes, even in the winter people will sweat because they put too much warm satin bed sheets on and then they get too hot and have to get out. Then they quickly get too cold and the cycle continues. But if you use duvet covers silk then you can see that you want get too hot because it will still whisk away your sweat and keep you comfortable. So, relax, why not keep you eye to the silk bedding for your health?
Spun or Cut Silk – silk with shorter fibers, often ones taken from the inside portion of the cocoon which is considered the weak part. It is generally rougher to the touch than thrown/reeled silk and has less elasticity. It is also typically made from the silk filament threads of wild silk.
Noil – typically called “raw silk” although it is not really raw silk. It is a weak type of silk made from waste silk and does not wear well but it does take to dye well. It not suitable for silk bedding.
Charmeuse – a type of silk that can be either satin charmeuse or crepe charmeus depending on how it is woven. It drapes well and has a nice luster to it. It is a popular choice for silk bedding.
As we know, a silk California king size silk sheet costs more than you can expect. However, do you what make it so expensive?
It is true that silk sheets cost many times more than a set of low thread count cotton blend sheets purchased at the local discount store, a set of properly cared for silk sheets can outlast several sets of cheap sheets. This makes the cost of silk sheets less prohibitive over time. In addition, silk can benefits people on health, like anti-wrinkle, low hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and so, on.
Now, you know the numerous benefits of silk bed linen, do you have a plan in mind to buy one?
The tiny silkworm as you know, however, you may not imagine that they could make great noise when cultivate the silk sheets. If you visited a silkworm producing facility and entered a room where the silkworms were being raised, it would sound like there was heavy rain falling on the roof. But it is really the sound of silkworms munching on those chopped mulberry leaves.
It takes around 30,000 silkworms to produce 12 pounds of raw silk.
The official term for silk production is “sericulture”.
Silk used in silk duvets obtained from wild silkworms, although still good quality, is not of as high a quality as silkworms who are pampered and fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves. Wild silkworms have to eat whatever food is available so the filament thread they weave their cocoons of is not as white as the captive raised silkworms nor is it as smooth and round.
The moth is a surprising insect. The finest silk bed sheet comes from the silkworms produced by the Bombyx mori moth. The moth cannot fly nor can it see. Its only job is to lay eggs. One moth will lay approximately 500 eggs over a 4-6 day period. Soon after that the moth dies.
Those 500 eggs the Bombyx mori moth lays are very tiny, about as big as the point of a pin. They don’t weigh much either, only about 5 grams or a little under 2 ounces.
The silkworms from the Bombyx mori moth, which produces the finest and purest silk fabric, are fed a diet that consists only of chopped mulberry leaves. The silkworms are fed every half hour around the clock. No wonder they multiply their weight by 10,000 times in a month.
Though we know the seamless silk sheets may not the best quality, many people still prefer to have silk bedding without any seams and will check to see if the silk bedding sets is seamless before they check anything else such as the type of silk used and the weight of the fabric. Warning, care for your choice, do not be cheated!
One of my friends recently purchased silk sheets and was only interested in looking for seamless ones because he perceived them as being of the best quality. He was right and he was wrong. Pure silk seamless sheets are the best quality, but he didn’t read any further on the label to notice the sheets he was buying were a blend of wild silk and another fabric that have been woven together to create a blended fabric wider than 45 inches. He got the sheets for a great price, one that was too good to be true. He now realizes why the sheets were so affordable. They are of inferior quality and are quickly wearing out.
High quality, 100 percent, seamless bedding is available but it does come at a higher cost than seamed silk bedding. There are some producers of silk who use specially made oversize looms to weave the fabric in order to produce a high quality wide width seamless silk.
Spend you money on the real good silk sheets.
Silk Velvet – pure silk velvet is very expensive (close to $1,000 a yard) and not widely available. Most silk velvet today is a blend of silk and rayon.
Satin – a confusing term at best. Technically “satin” refers to the weave of a fabric and not to the fabric itself. But satin is a term often use to define a smooth shiny fabric made of acetate, polyester and rayon. “Satin silk” is an ultra-luxurious silk.
If you are looking for the best quality silk bedding, choose products made with mulberry or cultivated silk and with a momme weight of at least 12. If you are looking for a more affordable option, Habotai and Charmeuse are popular.
Hope these terms will help you choose the silk that is right for you.
Many of you still puzzled about the silk sheets term, and as blow, we introduce them to you!
Momme Weight – this refers to the weight of a piece of silk fabric and in a standard measurement for silk. Momme weight calculates the weight of a piece of silk that is a standard 100 yards long and 45 inches wide. The weight of the piece of fabric that size is its momme weight. A piece of silk weighing 12 pounds has a momme weight of 12. When purchasing silk bedding look for a momme weight of 12 or higher.
Cultivated Silk – silk that is harvested from worms raised in captivity. Cultivated silk is the highest quality silk because great care is taken to ensure the silk filament threads harvested are not broken resulting in long and durable silk thread that is very strong – the strongest natural fiber in the world.
Mulberry Silk – the highest quality silk available. It comes from silkworms produced from the Bombyx mori moth. The silkworms are fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves. The resulting silk that is harvested is of a uniform light color, is rounder than wild silk, more uniform in size than wild silk, and finer than wild silk.
Although seamless silk bedding does not represent the high quality, but there still some real good ones with seamless. How to pick them out! First, check the momme weight!
Look for a momme weight between 16 and 19, although you can have a momme weight (mm) as low as 12 and still be purchase a quality product. The higher the momme number the heavier that piece of fabric is and the more silk that was used in the construction of that piece of fabric. Any silk bedding sheets, whether it is made from mulberry silk or a more affordable wild silk, that has a momme weight of under 12 is not going to be durable and last a long time. You will save money initially but over the long term purchasing low quality sheets will cost you more than if you would have purchased a high quality set of sheets right away. This is because you will need to continue to replace those lower quality sheets at a far faster rate than high quality silk sheets which will last a long time if cared for properly and according to manufacturer’s instructions.
As it is said, momme weight is the common measurement for all silk!
After spending several hundred dollars on high quality silk sheets, you definitely want to sleep on it as long as possible. Although it is already durable, can unwittingly be damaged by you, but the longer, the better. If the heels of your feet get as dry and rough as sandpaper, it is like rubbing your sheets with sandpaper every time you get into bed. The same goes for sharp broken fingernails or toenails. They can pull the threads in your sheets, breaking them. So taking care of your skin and your nails is not only beneficial to you but also beneficial to your skin! And later, long life your silk bedding sheets.