Mulberry Silk

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Mulberry Silk vs. Wild Silk

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    A Mulberry Farm

    What is Mulberry Silk?

    People have been using silkworm cocoons to produce silk for more than five millennia, meaning that 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 these domesticated silkworms for their excellence in producing silk. The results of their efforts can be seen in the characteristics of the creatures, which include but are not limited to healthier larvae, bigger cocoon sizes, and even resistance to common maladies. Considering the nature of human interest in domesticated silkworms, it should come as no surprise to learn that said characteristics also include the production of superior silk.
    However, that is not all. Domesticated silkworms live pampered lives in comparison to their wild counterparts. Each one 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 sometimes called mulberry silk.

    What is Wild Silk?

    In contrast to their domesticated counterpart, eri, muga, and tussar silks are called wild silks because none of these silks are produced in the same type of controlled environment. This results in silk of lesser excellence for a number of reasons.
    First, 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.
    Second, wild silk is not as pleasing to the senses. Most of these silks tend 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.
    Finally, wild silks are 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 counterparts. 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.

    If you are interested in learning more about the different kinds of silk, please contact us to learn more about our bedding products.

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