Silk Guide

Q: Why is silk so special?

Its smooth surface resists soil and odors well. Silk is wrinkle and tear resistant, and dries quickly. Because of its protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. That means it's less likely to cause allergic reactions to the wearer.

Q: Which silk is the highest quality?

Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase. The unique thing about Mulberry silk is how it is produced. The resulting cocoons are spun into raw silk fibers. Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only Mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world.

Q: Is your silk mulberry silk?

A. Yes, all our silk items are made from 100% pure silk, produced from silk worms that are fed on mulberry leaves. That is why it is called mulberry silk.

Q: Why is mulberry silk better?

One of the unique benefits of Mulberry silk is that it is 100% natural, odorless and hypoallergenic. Mulberry silk contains a natural protein called sericin that reduces the possibility of an allergic reaction. Therefore, Mulberry silk bedding is a healthy and safe choice for those with allergies.

Q: What are the thread counts of your silk?

A: Our thread count is 600. However, thread count is a quality measuring standard for cotton, not silk. Silk quality is measured by it’s weight, and momme is the traditional density unit for silk. The higher the momme number, the heavier and better quality the silk. Most in the market are only 10 to 19 momme but ours is 22 momme. Momme silk higher than 19 is very rare and more expensive. The higher the momme count, the more tightly woven the silk will be. Anything less than a 22 momme count means a lower quality and noticeably thinner and harsher fabric. All of our silk products are made of finest quality 22 momme high grade 6A 100% mulberry. We choose to offer our customers the best quality silk at affordable prices.

Q: What is the difference between 19 and 22 momme silk?

A: 22 mm silk has almost 20% more silk per square inch than 19 mm does. This denser weave protects the luster and sheen that silk possess and results in stronger durability.

Q: What is charmeuse silk and what is satin silk?

A: Silk is a natural protein fibre which can be woven into different types of textiles including silk chiffon, silk crepe, silk shantong, silk habotai, and silk charmeuse/satin. In other words, charmeuse and satin are specific types of weaves. No one uses silk chiffon to make silk beddings since it is so flimsy and light weight. Most people use silk habotai and silk charmeuse to make silk bedding. Habotai silk is a lighter weight silk that is only about 15 momme, decent enough to make silk bedding, but it will not last for a long time. Also, habotai weave does not have a smooth silky surface like charmeuse. The preferred and more luxurious choice of silk for bedding is charmeuse weave silk. Charmeuse weave and satin weave are essentially the same tight, heavy weight weave with a glossy surface and a dull back. We use the word charmeuse instead of the word satin because satin or “sateen” has been “hijacked” by polyester manufacturers who use polyester fibers in a satin weave to create the illusion of silk, and then incorrectly call it satin. The correct thing to do is to call it “polyester satin” not just satin since satin describes only the weave, not the fiber content. Our silk beddings are made from top grade 100% silk, in charmeuse weave. Charmeuse silk is so beautiful that top designers use it to make couture gowns for celebrities to wear on the red carpet.

Q. How to care for silk fabric?

A: When silk fabric is well cared for, it will stay beautiful for a long time. Avoid exposing your silk fabric to perfumes, deodorant, or bleach, as they can stain your silk fabric.

Silk fabric should be protected from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. When ironing silk fabric, only iron the backside of the fabric, and do not spray the silk with water. The iron should be set at a low temperature, and should preferably be on the silk fabric setting, if the iron has one.

You do not have to dry clean silk fabric, but you should take care when washing it. Do not use water to treat stains on silk. You can clean silk fabric by soaking it in warm water with a mild soap for no more than five minutes. Do not wring the fabric dry when removing it from the water. Instead, wrap it in a dry towel to remove excess water, and then lay it on a flat surface to air dry.