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What are the benefits of silk over traditional duvet fillings?

There are a number of significant advantages, the main ones are:
1. Silk, being a natural product, is breathable and so enables your body to maintain a more stable temperature. This combined with some innovative duvet manufacturing techniques results in a duvet that really can change the way you sleep.
2. During the manufacturing process layer upon layer of long fibre mulberry silk floss is placed one on top of the other. This process is repeated until the desired weight is achieved. Layering the silk creates an intricate grid design, which is the key to the heat regulating function of the duvet. Because the silk floss has been layered and not stuffed into the duvet covering, the silk is able to let some heat escape through the grid design. This results in a more pleasant sleep because our body temperature is kept at a more constant temperature throughout the night.
3. Silk has some amazing hypoallergenic properties. Silk is a natural protein and therefore is far less hospitable to dust mites which can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma, eczema and rhinitis. Up to 20,000 dust mites have been known to live in a single mattress. The use of silk bedding and silk filled duvets greatly reduces the amount of dust mites in the bedroom.
4. Comfort. The nature of long-strand silk fibre means a silk duvet is just as warm but much lighter than traditional duvets, and drapes over your body instead of "suffocating" you with the bulk of a conventional duvet. Once you have experienced the softness and pure luxury of a silk duvet it is very difficult to consider using anything else. Tempted? Take a look at our range of silk duvets.

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Are silk duvets as warm as traditional duvets?

Yes. One Silk is a completely different type of material to traditional duvet fillings and as a result is not measured by the traditional tog system. Down duvets cover the body with sheer bulk - the more bulk the higher the tog value. Silk duvets are thinner than down by nature allowing the duvet to drape over the body. Down duvets form a physical barrier between your body and your surroundings, meaning the heat you give off reflects directly back at you. This process continues throughout the night resulting in overheating. Much like a pressure cooker, down duvets can't let heat dissipate. Silk duvets are designed to allow air to flow more freely and thus regulate your body's heat. The result is your body stays cool in summer and warm in winter.
Silk duvets keep you comfortable over a wider range of temperatures, unlike down or polyester which is fairly tog specific.

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Does my silk duvet require any special care?

Because Ellesilk duvets are made of the finest quality long fibre mulberry silk, they are less susceptible to bacteria and the cleaning requirements are far less than a conventional duvet. All the care your duvet should need when used in conjunction with a duvet cover is to be aired in the sun about twice a year.

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Do silk duvets have a distinctive odour?

Silk, being a natural product has a distinctive odour. This can often be mistaken for a slight chemical-like smell, but is just the natural odour of pure silk. In our experience the odour can be most noticeable when the duvets are first unpacked, but this dissipates after a few hours and is completely gone after a few days. Some duvet manufacturers bleach the silk before the manufacturing process to get rid of this smell. This totally undermines the natural properties of silk. Ellesilk duvets are not manufactured using harmful chemicals and as a result may have a natural silk odour.

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Do your silk duvets have pockets?

Ellesilk duvets do not have pockets. Instead the silk is tacked about every eight inches depending on the size of the duvet. This stops the silk from moving about inside the cover. Unlike down or polyester duvets, all our duvets are filled with layered long fibre mulberry silk. Because of the silk being layered and the duvet tacked during manufacture, there is very little possibility of the silk clumping inside the cover during normal use.

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How to Identify Good Silk vs. Bad?

There are at least five ways to identify a good silk:

1. Physical Appearance
The best silk is in pearl white and it can reflect natural lights. The silk thread is pure and has very little broken or waste filaments. The silk is long and well aligned. An inferior silk is in pale white due to the use of bleach and other chemicals in production. It does not have the natural light reflection capability and looks dull. It normally is mixed with broken or waste filaments and the alignment is poor.

2. Touching
Good silk feels very soft, smooth, and has a good elongation (elastic recovery). It does not have hard cubes or spots. An inferior silk feels rough and uneven, and it is mixed with fragments of damaged cocoons and broken or waste filaments.

3. Smell
Silk with oily or rotten smells is inferior in quality

4.Burn
Good silk floss is not burnable, and the flame will immediately die off when fire is taken off (the silk). The burned ashes will be loose and it smells like burned human hair.

5. Flexibility and Elastic Recovery
The more flexibility a silk has the better the quality is. Studies have shown that silk has a stronger flexibility than that of a steel wire with the same dimension. Good silk has also very good elongations while inferior silk has very bad flexibility and elastic recovery.

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How to chose quality silk bed linen?

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.

1. 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 silk as it is sometimes called is often made up of broken strands of silk and non-silk fibre and is more suited for silk scarves and items requiring shorter fibre. 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.

2. 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 lower than 400 will not be as durable and not last as fine silk linen should.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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Silk bedding is the healthy option for you and your family?

1. Naturally healthy silk bedding. Simply put, silk bedding is healthier for us than down, feather or synthetic bedding.
There are so many products on the market today that claim to be healthy and good for us - it's not always easy to separate the good from the bad. With silk it's a bit easier. Silk is a natural product, and being natural our bodies respond far better to silk than they do to synthetic products.
Silk is sympathetic to our bodies’ needs and works in conjunction with our bodies to help us get what we really want and need - contented, deep sleep.

2. The benefits of silk bedding to allergy sufferers. Allergy sufferers really can benefit from sleeping on and under silk bedding. The most common form of dust mite related allergy is Asthma and sneezing fits. This is mainly brought on by related issues from the droppings of dust mites. The enzymes released from the droppings are inhaled and an allergic reaction occurs.
Silk bedding is naturally hypoallergenic and is an environment dust mites find inhospitable. Using silk duvets and bedding can significantly help reduce the number of dust mites living in bedding. The reduction of dust mites can have a direct effect on the quality of sleep to those who suffer from dust mite related allergies.

3. Silk bedding can also be of benefit in the following areas:
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 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.

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