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  • The Manito Story

    It's always nice to know who and where your products are coming from so we thought we'd tell you a bit about our family business and how we became North America's premiere silk bedding company.

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    A Mulberry Farm

    Silk is a gift to the world from China, where it was discovered many thousands of years ago.  And China continues to be known for producing the very highest quality silk. Our factory is situated in the Anhui province and we have been harvesting and producing silk there for decades. Two generations of the Zhang family oversee every part of the process - from mulberry leaf farming to fabric weaving and product manufacturing. Our parent company is so well regarded in the industry that it helps set the export regulations for silk in China.  In addition to producing premiere quality silk products, our family is also know for giving back to the community by supporting local industry and farmers.

    Several years ago, two members of the second generation Zhang family came to Canada to attend University.   Upon observing life and culture here, they both noticed that few people in Canada were using or enjoying silk bedding. This inspired them to design the Manito collection in a simple style and rich palette of colors.  It did not take long for North Americans to discover the amazing benefits and luxury of silk and Manito has quickly become known as the trusted authority in silk bedding and sleepwear. People who have discovered our products keep coming back for more!

    Manito's Headquarters is in Vancouver, Canada, where we have our showroom, customer service center, and inventory.  However, we maintain a close connection and communication with our factory in China, ensuring the quality of our silk and finishing remains an industry leader.

    We hope you enjoyed this brief history of our company and as usual please feel free to ask us any questions either in the comment box below, on Twitter www.twitter.com/manitosilk or Facebook http://ww.facebook.com/manitosilk

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky.

  • Silk and Thread Count

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    We get asked this question often at Manito and wanted to set the record straight. Most of us are used to determining the quality of fabrics by the thread count, and usually the higher the thread count, the higher quality of the fabric. However, silk has different requirements to ensure you are getting the crème de la crème of silky goodness. We hope that by the end of this blog you will be a connoisseur of fine silk and understand the measure of quality for silk in bedding and sleepwear.

    The important silk quality measure is the weight, which we refer to as the momme count. The momme count is found by weighing a piece of fabric (always 100 feet long by 45 inches wide) in pounds. Manito silk is 22 momme count which means that 100 yards of our silk weighs 22 pounds. We chose this because we consider it to be the ultimate and superior weight and texture for the finest quality bedding.

    Considering thread count with silk is quite different from choosing cotton or linen bedding. Silk threads are very fine by nature, so having a high thread count is not necessarily what you would want to choose. Rather, a lower thread count of heavier, stronger & more robust threads denotes a better quality silk. Our thread count is 430 (relatively low in terms of cotton bedding) and our Momme is 22 (relatively high in terms of silk bedding).  So, we use a strong, heavy, robust thread to make our silk.  This is a very good thing.

    We hope that you have a better understanding of how to choose quality silk after reading this. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us anytime or leave a comment below.

    Until we meet again,

    Sleep well, Sleep Silky.

  • Does silk give you the Cold Shoulder?

    "Is silk cold to sleep on?"  We have been asked this question many times over the years and wanted to set the record straight. We wouldn't want anyone to miss out on the soft and luxurious goodness of Manito silk. luxury silk bedding manito mulberry charmeuse bed behavior behaviour sleep mask gift presents quality throw euro sham sheets pillowcase relaxation sleep well relax milky white

    Although silk can feel cool to the touch, it can actually help to keep us warm and cozy. Silk regulates body temperature so it can be both warm and cozy or it can cool us down. Some customers have told us that their silk pyjamas keep them warmer than flannel in the winter. Some winter gear for hiking and skiing is made out of silk because of its ability to retain warmth. So don't worry that silk might not keep you warm enough.

    Here is the amazing thing: As many customers that have praised the warmth of silk, there are just as many that praise our silk for combating being too warm. Whether you live in a hot climate, are a 'hot sleeper', or have a medical condition that requires keeping cool; having silk on your bed will ensure wonderful, restful sleep! Silk adapts to whatever our body needs, as Barbara from Vancouver recently wrote us:

    "Just writing to say how great my sleep was. I remained cool throughout the entire sleep and love the cozy feeling wrapped in these silk sheets. So vital for persons with MS to manage heat intolerance. I will recommend to all I know."

    We often say silk has magical properties and the ability to help people stay both warm and cool is pretty miraculous. In fact, the word Manito is an Algonquin word that means "having supernatural or extraordinary powers."

    If you have any questions please ask us in the comment box below. Silk is one of our favorite topics and we love to share our knowledge and expertise with you!

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky.

  • Disco is Dead: Silk and Satin

    One of the most common questions we hear is:  Are your sheets satin?luxury silk bedding manito mulberry charmeuse bed behavior behaviour sleep mask gift presents quality throw euro sham sheets pillowcase relaxation sleep well relax plum silk pillows

    The answer to this seemingly simple question is a bit more complicated:

    When most people think of 'satin' they recall the disco days of the 70's:  When the height of cool was satin polyester sheets.  They were shiny, they were slippery, they were hot, and they were synthetic.  Silk, on the other hand, is not  always shiny, not always slippery, always breathable, and 100% natural!   Here are some points to remember:

    1.  Shiny and slippery fabric is usually a satin 'weave'.  Satin can be woven from any number of fabrics, but is most often associated with polyester or poly-blends.  Manito Silk is woven in a charmeuse weave.  A charmeuse weave involves a thread twist which gives it a luxe sheen without being garishly shiny.  One side of a charmeuse weave has a sheen, the other side is matte.  Unlike satin, charmeuse does not slip around, as the twisted threads 'catch' each other.

    2. Hot, non-breathable bedding is most likely a man-made fabric or a blend with a man-made fabric.  Manito Silk is 100% natural, light, soft and very breathable.  One of the greatest properties of silk is that it regulates your body temperature. It will either cool you down or warm you up depending on what your body needs. It is cool to the touch but can retain warmth better than many other fabrics. That is why it has been used for thermal underwear for skiers and hikers,  and it is loved by those that are very hot sleepers including menopausal women.

    We are passionate about silk so if you have any more questions please leave them in the comment box below! You can also tweet us Twitter.com/manitosilk or join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/manitosilk

    Until we meet again,

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky.

     

     

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