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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
Osteoarthritis – 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.
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.
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.