Mulberry Silk

  • Mulberry Silk vs. Wild Silk

    Mulberry Silk vs. Wild Silk

    Not all silk is created equal. Why Mulberry silk is superior to its' Wild silk counterparts, Eri silk, Muga silk & Tussar silk.

    What is Mulberry Silk?

    People have been using silkworm cocoons to produce silk for more than five millennia. As a result, it is no coincidence that silkworms happen to be one of the small number of insect species that have been domesticated over the ages.

    In much the same manner as other domesticated animals, people have bred and continue to breed domesticated silkworms for their excellence in producing quality silk.

    The results of these efforts can be seen in the characteristics of the creatures, including:

    1. healthier larvae,
    2. bigger cocoon sizes, and even
    3. resistance to common maladies.

    However, that is not all.

    Domesticated silkworms, like the Bombyx mori (the type of silkworm used in Mulberry silk production) live pampered lives in comparison to their wild counterparts. Each silkworm is provided with plentiful food in the form of white Mulberry leaves in a controlled environment where nothing can either startle or cause harm to them. It is this combination of nature and nurture that results in the best silk in the world, which is called Mulberry silk.

    What is Wild Silk?

    There are more than 500 species of wild silkworms in the world, although only a few are used to produce cloth. Silk produced from wild silkworms, called Wild silk usually produce a tougher and rougher silk than that from domesticated Bombyx mori silkworms used in the production of Mulberry silk. Wild silk is usually harvested after the moths have left the cocoons, which cut the threads in the process.

    In contrast to their domesticated counterpart Mulberry silk, Eri silkMuga silk, and Tasar silk are all called Wild silk because these silks are not produced in the same type of controlled environment as Mulberry silk. This results in silk of lesser quality for a number of reasons:

    1. Wild silk is much more difficult to process than Mulberry silk. In part, this is because most wild silk is harvested once the silkworms have emerged from their cocoons, meaning that the silk used to make said cocoons has been separated into multiple pieces. This is in stark contrast to domesticated silkworms, which have their cocoons harvested earlier so that they can be unraveled into single strands of silk. Furthermore, the cocoons of wild silkworms sometimes have mineral-strengthened shells, which can complicate processing them for human use.
    2. Wild silk is not as pleasing to the senses. Most wild silk tends to be rougher than Mulberry silk, something that is particularly noticeable because their harvesting method makes it complicated and time-consuming to process them into long, smooth strands.
    3. Finally, Wild silk is not uniform. Not only can this affect the appearance and texture of the silk, but it is also difficult to ensure a standard of excellence for pieces made using the fabric.

    There can be no doubt that Mulberry silk is superior to its Wild silk. It is finer and smoother, making it more luxurious and smooth feeling upon your skin. Better still, Mulberry silk is both strong and long-lasting, making it the silk of choice for individuals interested in both luxury and outstanding value.

    Experience the luxury of superior Mulberry silk for yourself. You can purchase a Mulberry Silk Pillowcase or indulge in a luxurious Mulberry Silk Sheet Set.

  • What is the Difference between Mulberry Silk and Other Kinds of Silks?

    Why Mulberry Silk is Different from Other Kinds of Silk

    Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase. The unique thing about Mulberry silk is how it is produced. Mulberry silk has its history in China, where local farmers grow Mulberry trees and harvest the leaves for silkworms to feed on. 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. Pure white in color and made up of individual long fibers, Mulberry silk is more refined than other types of silk.

    Other types of silks such as wild silk or Habotai silk are less uniform in color and texture, with shorter strands. Products made from 100% Mulberry silk are among the most durable and produce the most luxurious silk goods. Continue Reading

  • Silk Quality: Comparing Different Types of Silk

    Whether you’re buying bed sheets or any other silk product, knowing the difference between your different silks will make a big difference in whether you get what you’re really looking for in terms of comfort, aesthetic, durability, and more. To compare different silks, we first need to establish the basics; the things that make two different silks different.

    Factors to consider

    When choosing silks, these are the main differences you’ll notice between them:

    • Weight
    • Elasticity
    • Durability
    • Texture
    • Insulation
    • Aesthetic

    With those in mind, let’s start by familiarizing you with what you probably think of when you think ‘silk’: the charmeuse weave. Continue Reading

  • Why is 22 Momme Count Ideal for Silk Sheets?

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    Why is 22 Momme Count Ideal for Silk Sheets?

    Ever wondered how you can know, for certain, that you are buying the best quality silk sheets? While thread count is one indicator of quality for cotton bed sheets, the best indicator of quality silk sheets is the momme count, which measures the density of the silk. And a 22 momme count is what you should be looking for. Here’s why:

    Quality indicator

    The silk threads that make up silk sheets are so very fine it is impossible to determine a thread count, so the momme count is used. A momme count is determined by taking a large piece of silk, 100 feet by 45 inches, and weighing it. If the weight is 15 pounds, then the momme weight is 15. For most silks, the standard momme is between 12 and 19. Those silks with a momme weight of 16 to 19 are considered high quality.

    However, 22 momme count silk bed sheets are simply the best quality. So the higher the momme count, the more tightly woven the silk sheets will be. Anything less than a 22 momme count means a lower quality and noticeably thinner and harsher sheets. Any momme count over 22, however, will make your sheets feel too heavy – as if you are sleeping underneath your drapes! 22 is the ideal combination of durability, depth, drape, and of course, comfort, for a luxurious sleep. Continue Reading

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