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Amazing silk facts I

We have essentially know about the silk producing process, and how to inspect the high quality silk bedding sheets, and I am sure you must have not heard any other amazing facts about the silk, share them with you!

A silkworm multiplies it weight 10,000 times from time it is hatched until about 1 month later when it has enough energy stored to start spinning its cocoon.

The fluffy white cocoon spun by a silkworm is one long continuous silk filament that when unwound is usually between 600 and 900 meters long or as long as 1,600 yards. That’s pretty long.

Four to eight of the silk filaments are twisted together to obtain one strand of silk thread. No wonder silk is so expensive!
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Silk term glossary V

Silk Velvet – pure silk velvet is very expensive (close to $1,000 a yard) and not wisilk duvetsdely 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.

Silk term glossary IV

Duppoini Silk – it is fairly coarse to the touch but is strong and lustrous. Its coarseness does not make a good choice for silk sheets but it’s interesting texture makes it a popular choice for duvet covers and draperies.

Habotai Silk – also called china silk. It is a lower quality silk and although it is widely available in silk bedding it is not as durable as mulberry silk but is much more affordable.

Wash your silk sheets- Step II

The silk linen of course better to be handwashed, but if you want to, you could get rid of this. After hand washing for the first few times you can switch to machine washing but always wash the sheets on your machine’s delicate cycle and never use hot water. Experts recommend washing silk sheets at 30 degree Centigrade (86 degrees Fahrenheit) which is water that is barely lukewarm.

If your machine has an option to allow an extra spin cycle to wring as much water out of your fabrics as possible, resist the urge to use it. Use the spin cycle sparing on silk sheets because it is hard on their fibers. That is why it is important to use the delicate or hand washable cycle on the machine.

It is okay to use fabric softener if you would like to. My personal favorite is a lavender scented fabric softener.

Do not use bleach, even color safe bleach – ever, not even if you have stains on your favorable silk bed sheets.

How to measure the silk?

As we go shopping for silk bedding, we always hear such a unit-momme. Maybe you are getting confused with it, and what is that?

Momme weight is a way of measuring things developed by the Japanese. Momme weight is a standard way of measuring the weight of natural silk as well as a common way to measure pearls. Momme is pronounced much like the word “mummy.” silk bedding

For silk bed sheets a momme weight of 12-19 is considered good quality with silk sheets in the range of 16-19 being very high quality. Anything lower than 12 will result in silk sheets that are not as durable as they should be which means they will be more prone with damage and tearing.

To standard for measuring momme weight is by using a piece of fabric that is 100 yards long and 45 inches wide. If that piece of fabric weighs 19 pounds then the momme weight of that silk is 19.

The higher the momme weight the heavier the fabric which means a greater amount of silk was used in the weaving process.

Distinguish typical momme weight for different silks

Truly understand the momme weight, some skills are given below to distinguish some natural silk whether it is in high quality or inferior one.

The typical momme weight range for a few of the different silks are as follows:

Habutai silk – 5 to 16 momme weight

Raw silk – 35 to 40 momme weight

Chiffon – 6 to 8 momme weight

Gauze – 3 to 5 momme weight

Momme weight is usually shown as “mm.”

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When you are shopping for silk bedding or silk quilt and the salesperson starts talking about “momme weight” you will know exactly what they are talking about. And if he or she tries to sell you silk sheets with a momme weight of 8, you can educate that salesperson and tell him or her that 8 momme weight sheets are too lightweight to be a good choice for silk comforter and that they can try and sell their inferior product to someone else because you are not buying them. You are going to look for higher quality silk sheets that will last you a long time.

Just like you are an expert, and you will get the silk in a reasonable price and high-quality.

Bargain silk, wary choice

Silk is considered as an expensive cost fabric. So some of the venders sometimes promotes a “bargain price” to attract the consumers. However I think you should avoid purchasing silk sheets.WHY?

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In the world of silk bedding you truly do get what you pay for. If you spend $150 dollars (or the equivalent) on a bargain set of silk sheets for your king size bed, you will be getting a bargain set of silk sheets that is made from a lower quality silk and that likely also contains other non silk fibers in the weave. The bargain sheets will not hold up well over time and will be destined for the scrap heap in a short amount of time. It reminds me of a saying my Mom had which went like this, “If it looks like a bargain, feels like a bargain, and smells like a bargain, be very wary because it is probably no bargain at all.”

There are typically only a few occasions where high quality silk bedding sheets will be reduced in price to the point of a being a real bargain. If a color or style is being discontinued manufacturers will discount the silk linen. There may also be periodic sales or special pricing if silk sheets, a silk comforter, and a silk duvet cover are all purchased at the same time.
Do not just fell in love with the price and forget the quality, buying inferior silk bedding indicates you will spend more a year later.

How to choose quality silk bed linen

  1. Finding quality can be a daunting taks. There is a vast amount of silk bed linen on the market today ranging hugely in both quality and price. Knowing what to look for can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips that if followed will ensure you buy a quality silk bedding product that will last for many years.
  2. Insist on 100% mulberry silk. There are many varieties of silk on the market. When purchasing silk bedding insist on 100% mulberry silk. Only 100% mulberry silk consists of a continuous strand of silk. Wild silk, commonly known as Habotai silk is often passed off as mulberry silk but is never of the same quality as mulberry silk. Habotai or China Silk as it is sometimes called is often made up of broken strands of silk and non-silk fibres and is more suited for silk scarves and items requiring shorter fibres. Habotai silk does not have the same durability as 100% mulberry silk. Only 100% mulberry silk can offer the consistency and durability required in quality silk bed linen.
  3. A thread count of 400 or more. When considering making a purchase of silk linen, always check the thread count. The higher the thread count, the tighter the silk is woven. An ideal thread count for silk linen is above 400. Anything lover than 400 will not be as durable and not last as fine silk linen should.
  4. Momme weight explained. You may have heard of momme when purchasing silk items. Momme is the gauge used to determine the physical weight of silk. The basic measurement for momme is weighing a piece of silk that is 100 yards long and 45 inches wide. If the total weight comes to sixteen pounds then the silk will be graded as 16 momme. If the silk is heavier then a higher momme grade will be given and visa versa. Silk with a lower momme number will have physically less silk in the item than one with a higher number. Your silk bedding should have a high momme number, at the very least above 12. Traditionally silk with a momme of fewer than 12 has been reserved for light silk clothing, while a momme of 12-19 is used for silk bedding. A momme of 22 would be durable enough for a tailored suit. Silk bedding with a momme of 19 will be more durable and easier to care for than a say a momme of 14.
  5. Beware of a false economy. Silk sheets and bedding sets are often offered at hugely discounted prices. Although at the time of purchase the price may seem a bargain, be sure the bedding meets the above criteria. If not, the bedding will not last like 100% mulberry silk bedding. When properly cared for 100% mulberry silk bedding with a momme weight of 19 and a thread count of 400 will far outlast cotton bedding and prove to be a sound investment.

Silk bedding can also be of benefit in the following areas

silk beddingOsteoarthritis – Silk bedding and duvets drape over us, moulding around our bodies which eliminates single points of pressure. Conventional duvets and blankets do not drape over our bodies but rather from a heavier barrier that can cause pain and irritation to sensitive joints. Eliminating single points of pressure can greatly increase the quality and comfort of sleep.

Shingles – Significant relief from Shingles can be gained by using silk bedding. Silk being soft and light creates less pressure, this combined with tightly woven silk sheets enables easier movement and less resistance on the bed sheets. Silk filled duvets can also be of help to shingle sufferers as like silk top sheets, they drape over the body eliminating single points of contact.

Dry skin – Silk has an amazing ability to help our skin reabsorb moisture through the natural occurring amino acids within silk. Absorbing moisture that has been lost during the day while sleeping will aid in rejuvenating the skin throughout the night. This is hugely beneficial to sufferers of both Eczema and dry skin.

Overheating – Silk has the amazing ability to keep us cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. It does this be allowing our body heat to dissipate. Conventional (down, feather and polyester) duvets work in a similar way to a pressure cooker. As we sleep our body heat is reflected back to us from the duvet and we are kept warm. This however continues to happen throughout the night which causes overheating. Long fibre mulberry silk duvets are manufactured using a layering grid technique which places layer upon layer of silk in a criss cross pattern. This design allows some of our body heat to escape through the duvet, leaving us warm but not hot. Being a more constant temperature throughout the night allows our bodies to have a more relaxing and rejuvenating sleep.

What you need to know about silk linen

Sleeping on silk bed linen is truly wonderful, but like travelling first class on an aeroplane, it’s very difficult to go back to the ordinary once you have tried the best.

Silk bed linen is unlike any other kind of linen. It’s light, soft, airy and at the same time incredibly warm. Silk bedding will easily outlast cotton bedding when cared for in the correct way.

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There are many, many varieties of silk bed linen available. To learn more about the varieties and which varieties are more suited to bed linen than others,

As with most things, you get what you pay for and silk bed linen is no exception. Good quality bed linen will cost more than inferior quality. In silk this is because in good quality linen there is physically more silk in the item than an inferior quality product. Silk is graded in momme and nowhere is silk momme weight more relevant than in silk bedding. Good silk sheets,silk pillowcases and silk duvet covers should be a minimum of 16 momme. Any less and the silk will not be physically strong enough the withstand the rigours silk bedding endures.

An ideal bed linen weight is 19 momme. Heavier weights can be a bit course, whereas lighter weights are too soft and susceptible to rips and tears.