Silk fabric can be applied to any of wear, however, besides the main silk sheets, how does silk apply to the floral design over the wear such as rolled hem? Follow me to discover the sophisticated craftsmanship.
When working on rolled hem of the silk pajamas, they usually use the quilter pins or place a long slim rod into the roll of the hem and attach the hooks over it or employ charted needles which are commonly used for smocking. Then a delicate silk robe has been produced with great attention, silk fabric is creditably the most luxury item in history.
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?
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!
New to you, right? we have also others!
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.