Why is silk loved? What are benefits of pure silk?
Silk has been loved for thousands of years and is one of the most luxurious fabrics on earth. There must be convincing reasons for that. Some of these include the natural benefits and characteristics of silk that no other types of fabric have.
Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Sericin protein, which makes up 30% of a cocoon’s weight, is digestible, biocompatible and biodegradable. That is why it has been popular in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Silk has been subjected to research and shown to have the following benefits:
Sericin improves the skin barrier and production of collagen and fibroblast, which are useful for firming up the skin.
Hypoallergenic, promotes cell growth and wound healing.
Different biological functions such as oxidation, antibacterial and antimicrobial activity.
Solar UV protection.
Very breathable because its threads are very thin. Unlike cotton, silk does not absorb sweat and odor but releases them. Silk is also very lightweight. That’s why silk is extremely comfortable to sleep on.
Natural temperature regulator, which makes you feel cool in the heat and warm in the cold.
Not conducive to static electricity. Sleeping on a silk pillow or under a silk blanket helps to reduce hair breakage and dry skin.
Silk does not suck moisture away from your skin and hair but encourages proper moisture balance.
Super smooth and soft texture. It is the best choice for those who have acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Silk is one of the most sustainable textiles because it is proven to be produced with minimal energy and water consumption.
Plus don’t feel guilty when you think that in order to produce your shirt, thousands of silkworms had to die. Mulberry silkworm is an insect, and silkworm caterpillars require special humidity and temperature conditions to live. In the natural environment, they do not survive long after leaving their cocoons.
Because silk is a natural fiber, it is suitable for recycling or composting. So even at the end of a silk product’s life, there is little impact on the environment.
Silk is a natural fiber known for its luster, shine, strength, and durability, and it has a long trading history across the world. Silk is the epitome of luxury due to the high cost of production, its soft feel, and its elegant appearance. It is thus a popular textile in the high-end couture and homeware product categories.
Why is silk expensive?
Mulberry Silk is the finest and softest silk, which is one of the most expensive fabrics in the world. Silk is very expensive because its production is very laborious and intensive.
To produce 1 kg of silk, 104 kg of mulberry leaves must be eaten by 3000 silkworms. It takes about 5000 silkworms to make a pure silk kimono. It takes approximately 650 silkworm cocoons and 100 hours of labor to produce enough silk fabric to make one blouse.
Silk farmers feed caterpillars with mulberry leaves continuously for 3 weeks, day and night. Silkworms are then ready to produce silk threads, which are normally 1 km long. Silkworms have to spin thread in a figure-eight shape about 300,000 times to form their cocoons.
Silk fabric production is slow. It requires various manufacturing processes such as farming thousands of cocoons under certain humidity (85 to 90%) and temperature (23 to 28 °C) conditions, spinning fibers, weaving cloth with lots of close attention and inspection, cleaning, dyeing, and final treatments. Each of the processes requires special methods, techniques, and conditions to ensure high quality. That’s why the price of authentic pure silk is high.
How to make sure my silk product is 100% silk
There are several ways to check whether silk is really 100% silk – by touching and feeling the softness, looking at the glossiness, pulling it through a ring – but these methods cannot guarantee that they are 100% accurate because different people have different sensitivity to touch and appearance.
Knowing the problem that silk is never cheap and people will be very disappointed if they unintentionally buy fake or mixed silk, we provide silk testing methods which are easy to carry out and ensure accuracy. Please check out the silk testing methods here or watch our Silk Testing Instruction Video.
It is good to be trusting but better to trust evidence.
How to use silk product properly?
Silk products, especially silk products with a satin finish, are quite fragile and need some special care when using.
Besides correct washing and drying methods, the most important thing is to prevent anything scratchy or sharp, such as unfiled fingernails or rough skin, from coming into contact with the silk fabric. Sharp or rough surfaces can snag the super fine threads, pull them out of the fabric, cause lumps, and make the silk look less attractive. So it is necessary to keep our nails and rough skin patches like the back of our feet well cared for when using silk pillows or duvet covers. In case a silk thread is pulled out, please use a pair of sharp scissors to cut carefully close to the root of the thread. This will help stop any other silk threads from being snagged and keep the product looking beautiful.
A true saying is that only well-manicured ladies should use satin silk. For that reason, it can be said that the silk itself encourages you to take good care of yourself and your beauty, starting with your nails and the skin on the backs of your feet. :).
Here is a Pure Silk Eye mask Washing Method Video, which is appilcable to hand wash any other pure silk item.
How to clean stains on silk?
OMG I ruined my silk??? No, you haven’t.
Silk is sensitive, but it is strong and quite easy to use if you follow some basic steps. For example, if there is a bit of blood or red wine or any other stain on the silk, please quickly do the following:
- As early as possible, take a piece of cloth, tissue, cotton pad….anything that absorbs water well. Dip it into water to make it wet but not dripping.
- Put the wet pad on top of the blood or wine spot. Let the silk absorb water from the wet pad, then lightly and slowly wipe the spot.
- Wash the pad, and repeat 2 to 3 times until you see the stained spot fade away.
- Wash the silk product as soon as you can with mild detergent, shampoo, or shower gel.