• Why Sleep on Silk?

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    Everyone knows that silk is a luxurious fabric that looks fabulous, but why would we choose it for our bedding over other fabrics? We wanted to provide you with some of the benefits of sleeping on silk, of which there are many.

    Firstly, silk is all natural and hypo-allergenic which makes it suitable for people with allergies to down and feathers, or who just want to know that they are having the healthiest sleep possible. Since we spend so much of our time in bed, it is important to ensure that we are not being exposed to any toxins as we slumber. The skin is the body's largest organ so whatever is directly touching our skin is of upmost importance. Our Manito silk is not chemically processed or dyed so you can rest assured that you will be having a clean and healthy sleep.

    On the topic of skin, it has been known for centuries that sleeping on silk helps to keep our facial skin young and beautiful. Silk has similar amino acids to both hair and skin and lends it's wonderful properties to both. In regards to skin, silk can help our favourite night cream to work even better by allowing for better absorption of the product. The smooth texture of silk means less lines, creases and crinkles when we wake up in the morning. Over time, these crinkles will become wrinkles so sleeping on silk pillowcases each night will help to keep your facial skin supple & youthful. With hair, silk is so gentle that it will not pull hairs out from your head at night when you sleep. It also helps to retain moisture for your locks & will assist in keeping the shape of an up-do or blow-dry for longer. Many hairdressers recommend silk pillowcases to their clients.

    Another wonderful quality of silk is that it repels mites, bed-bugs, mould and mildew. Silk is a wonderful mix of delicate and strong at the same time. The fabric feels so lightweight and soft yet it is comparable to steel in tensile strength. This means it will last for a long time when properly cared for and may even require less frequent laundering than other fabrics because of it's natural repellant qualities.

    Lastly, silk regulates body temperature so it will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Many of our clients use the same bedding year round and report that it is suitable for all weathers, without having to have multiple duvets or blankets to accommodate each season. Also, of course silk feels wonderful to the touch and most people can never go back to other fabrics after sleeping on it.

    Here at Manito, we pride ourselves on our wonderful fine mulberry silk and go to great lengths to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality with your bedding and sleepwear. We love to talk about silk so if you have any more questions, please leave them in the comment box below, send us a tweet or ask us on Facebook.

    We love to hear from you and are happy to help you have the best sleep possible.

    Sleep Well, Sleep Silky.

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  • Common


    There is a light that shines for Chicago born emcee Common and we're so blessed that he stopped by to shine some light on our silk! Common is a legend in his own right, a hip hop hero whose career has spanned decades and shows no sign of slowing down. He cites his mother Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines as one of his biggest influences and his 2011 memoir is partially narrated by her.

    If you didn't catch Common on his rise to fame from the hip hop underground to being awarded 2 Grammy awards (one with Erykah Badu for the classic song "Love of my Life) you might have noticed him or his music in ads for Gap, Diesel, New Era & Blackberry. He has also continued to expand his acting career, appearing in numerous films & tv shows alongside such names as Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Russell Crowe & Keanu Reeves.

    In addition to his career achievements he is also a supporter and spokesperson for numerous social causes including his own Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens and citizens of the world. After 10 albums, 25 film & tv roles & 36+ awards we're pretty sure he's game to kick back and relax in some Manito silk sheets when he's got some down time. Thank you Common for all your wonderful contributions to music, art & the world.

  • 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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