Mulberry Silk

  • Do Not Dryclean: Caring for Silk Bedding

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    Some people might think of silk as being difficult to care for, but here at Manito we have made it very easy for you to enjoy fine mulberry silk without the hassle. Our silk is machine washable, using the delicate cycle in cold water. Wash silk with other silks or alone. You don't want to risk snagging the delicate fabric on a zipper or having it pill from rubbing up against a coarser fabric inside the washing machine.

    If you have smaller items like a pillowcase set or sleepwear it is easy to wash by hand although you must be careful not to wring out silk too forcefully when you want to dry it. Just gently squeeze the excess water out of the items and shake them a few times to get out the extra moisture & protect the fabric from wrinkling. Using a gentle detergent like Forever New or a gentle all-natural laundry soap is best to help your silk look and feel amazing for years.

    To dry, either hang to dry or put it in the dryer with no heat on air fluff. This is very important as heat will quickly damage your beautiful silk bedding. If you have sheets, take them out of the dryer when they are slightly damp and put on your bed to finish drying. That is how you get any wrinkles or creases out of the silk without having to iron it. Just put the slightly damp sheets on your bed, smooth out the fabric and allow it to dry naturally.

    We wanted everyone to enjoy the beauty, comfort and benefits of silk without too much effort. No dry cleaning, no ironing, no fuss. If you take good care of your Manito silk bedding it will provide you with many happy, relaxing and blissful sleeps.

    If you have any questions about how to care for silk, please let us know in the comments below, tweet us, or come on over to our Facebook page to chat with us there!

    We are passionate about silk and want to make sure you have the most wonderful and luxurious experience with your beautiful Manito silk.

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky

  • Why Does Manito Use Only Mulberry Silk?

    In 2012, Emayatzy Corinealdi made her feature film debut as the lead in Middle of Nowhere, but here she's surrounded by Manito Luxury silk. Emayatzy has also appeared in TV series such as Cold Case and Young and the Restless. Continue Reading

  • FAQ's about Silk - Weave, Weight and Thread Count

    luxury silk bedding manito mulberry charmeuse bed behavior behaviour sleep mask gift presents quality throw euro sham sheets pillowcase relaxation sleep well relax silk manufacture production chinaEvery fabric has it's own unique qualities and silk is no exception. We wanted to answer a few commonly asked questions here so we can continue to educate the world about fine luxury silk.

    FAQ # 1 - Why is one side of the fabric dull and one shiny? Answer: Our Manito silk features a charmeuse weave which is shiny on one side and dull on the other. We chose a charmeuse weave because it is both strong and delicate with a fabulous sheen and texture that is expected of high quality silk. Unlike a satin weave, charmeuse is not overly shiny or slippery (both attributes commonly associated with the polyester Satin sheets of the Disco Era.) Our charmeuse is produced on small-width looms, an 'old school' technique which ensures the finest fabric and maintains our industry-leading quality.

    FAQ # 2 - What the heck does momme mean? Answer: Momme refers to weight and is the standard unit of measurement of silk. A piece of fabric that is 45 inches wide by 100 feet long will be weighed in pounds to get its momme count. For example, a standard size piece of fabric weighing 15 pounds has a momme count of 15. If you are looking for quality silk bedding that will last, it is advisable to purchase silk that is at least 19 momme or higher. Our Manito silk is a 22 momme count which we believe is the perfect weight and feel for fine luxury bedding: It is strong and durable yet delicate enough to capture the classic light feel of silk we love.

    FAQ # 3 - What is the thread count for quality silk? Answer: Most of us tend to associate a higher thread count with better quality bedding; however, this is not the case with silk. The momme count is of greater importance. The ideal threads for weaving fine silk are plump, dense threads that will make the delicate silk more durable. That is why a high momme weight to thread count ratio indicates higher quality silk threads. Most companies do not list their thread count but if you are curious, Manito's thread count is 430.

    Choosing the best quality silk is more than just looking for a number: You should look at the type of silk, the weight, and the type of weave. Manito Silk is made from the best quality Long-Strand Mulberry silk and woven with care into a luxurious 22 momme Charmeuse weave. There is no better silk bedding on the market!

    We hope we have shed some light on some of the most common questions we receive. If you have any more, please write them in the comment box below. We love silk and we're sure that you will too if you haven't tried it already.

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky

  • The Secret of Silk

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    For almost a thousand years, silk was China’s best kept secret: to reveal the secrets of the luxuriously soft and opulent fabric was punishable by death. Eventually, the secret of ancient Chinese silk leaked, reportedly by a princess who smuggled cocoons in her hair. The Japanese, eager to create silk, managed to snatch four Chinese girls, along with some silkworms, out of the China and learned how to make the precious textile. Eventually, the Chinese lost their best kept secret to Korea, India and the Middle East. However, China is still regarded as the producer of the world's finest silk.

    In the history of silk fabric, around the 4th century, BCE silk began to reach the West by merchants who would exchange it for gold, ivory, horses or precious stones. Mulberry trees and silkworm breeders could be found from Greece to Persia. Silk became a monetary standard for estimating the value of various products and services. Nowadays, sleep and beauty are multi-million dollar industries but silk bedding is still the best way to sleep well and look great waking up.

    The Byzantine Empire managed to obtain silkworm eggs (something to do with some monks smuggling them) and began silk production around 522 BCE. The Arabs also began to produce silk around the same time. The Crusades brought the silk trade to Italy and eventually France in the 16th century with both countries creating a strong silk trade in Western Europe.

    We salute the Chinese for exclusively controlling the monopoly of silk production for 1000 years, although we are also happy that silk eventually reached the rest of the world. Here at Manito we believe everyone should know the fabulous benefits and pleasure of sleeping on and in silk.

    Sleep Well Everyone!

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