The wonders of Silk!

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This guide is about why silk really is a wonderful natural product and how to spot good and bad silk

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Silk has so many great properties. For example did you know that:

  • Silk is naturally hypoallergenic which means its much better for you if you have any allergies.
  • Silk is inhospitable to bed bugs which means they cannot live in your silk duvet or bed linen! Just do a google search for "bed bugs+duvets" for all the nasty information about bed bugs!
  • Silk is a natural, breathable product that has excellent temperature regulation properties. It will cool you down on a hot summers day and keep you snug and warm on a cold winters night.
  • Silk is a real boon for your beauty regime too. Your silk pillowcase or eyemask for example will help laughter lines at bay and smooth tangled and troublesome hair.

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The best Silk is made in a certain part of China near to Shanghai. The silk worms are fed on the leaves from Mulberry trees which produce the best enzymes to give the softest and most comfortable silk. The silk worm cocoons are harvested and the silk strands are collected by hand using techniques that have not changed for hundreds of years.

Silk is produced in many countries including India, Thailand and Vietnam but its the combination of China's climate and the special Mulberry trees that make Chinese silk so special.

So always look out for Mulberry Silk from China.

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And the best silk fabric to get for your pillowcases, bedding or underwear? Charmuese.

Charmeuse is the term used for a woven fabric that is shiny on one side and matt on the other. Charmeuse Silk is the most expensive but it is also the most delicate, the softest and the best insulator. A Charmeuse Silk pillowcase will feel decadent, luxurious and cool and it's great for the skin.

Also, because the skill levels required to sew Charmeuse Silk are so high few people can really get it right and that's another reason why the Silk factories in China are so good at what they do.

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Don't be misled about TOG ratings for Silk duvets! You don't need to buy a spring duvet and an autumn duvet and then put them together to make a winter one.

Because Silk is a natural, light, breathable material with wonderful temperature regulation properties it's impossible to give it a fixed tog rating. Silk duvets are graded by the amount of Silk used to fill the duvet and a standard filled duvet will feel like a 4 tog in summer and an 11 tog in winter. Most of the time one duvet will be fine for all year round use and because they are so light and thin they will drape over you rather than smother you like goose or down duvets.

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Mommes are the unit of measurement for the density of silk. Anything above 16 mommes is ideal although much above that and the Silk can become slightly more coarse and a little more dull in its appearance.

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Silk is really easy to care for as well. With duvets just air them outside every few months, preferably on a sunny day and the silk will recover its loft. Pillowcases and other bed linen can be washed on a delicate cycle at 40 degrees with no problems.

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Just drop us a line if you have any questions about Silk. Silk is our passion, we use Silk products all the time at home and always give them as gifts to friends and family. We love Silk!

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