Silk Bedding- Not Just Luxurious But Healthy Too!
Silk bedding can add a real sense of luxury, richness and yes
even better health to any bed and bedroom. The term “silk
bedding” can be a bit confusing, however, because there are
several types of silk used to create bedding.
Before shopping for any silk bedding items, it is important to
understand the different types of silk and the benefits of each.
Let’s look at what the differences are between these types of
silk, beginning with how silk is measured.
‘Momme weight’ silk is a means of measuring the quality and
weight of silk fabric used in bedding items. Cotton and cotton
blend bedding fabric is measured by thread count, but silk is
measured in momme, a Japanese unit of measure.
The higher the silk momme, the heavier the silk fabric will be.
If, for example, you are considering silk sheets for your bed
that are labels as 8 momme, you know the fabric will be very
light and delicate. This silk weight could not be expected to
hold up through rough use.
Silk weighed as 20 or 22 momme would be heavy and much more
durable, so much so that this silk weight is often used for
tailoring men’s suits. When choosing silk bedding, look for
bedding labeled 12 to 18 momme which provides a compromise
between durability and elegance and softness.
Fuji Silk is a spun silk fabric that is soft and drapes very
well. This type of silk is not shiny and is great for bedding
because it maintains the softness of silk but lacks the slippery
feel that often results in silk bedding ‘crawling’ from the bed
onto the floor during a restless night. Fuji silk sheets and
duvets are often available in 19 momme weight.
Charmeuse silk is the most recognizable type of silk This
fabric is very shiny and smooth and drapes well but can feel to
slick for some people’s liking. This silk is also referred to as
Habotai silk is lightweight and smooth but only has a very
slight shine. It has a bit less drape than heavier silks and is
usually found in 12 to 15 momme weights. These silk bedding
items are perfect for summer use or use in homes that are kept
quite warm during winter.
Jacquard silk is medium weight silk that is woven into an
intricate jacquard pattern. Combining shiny and matte finishes
due to the jacquard weave, this silk bedding can add detail and
interest to silk bedding.
Noil silk is often referred to as ‘raw silk’. This untreated
and undyed silk has a nubby texture and is neither shiny nor
smooth, which makes it very different from what you think of
when you think of silk. The feel is almost like that of cotton
linen and it can be used to add a modern, contemporary feel when
used in comforter outer shells or duvets.
Silk floss is 100% natural silk fiber which is often used to
fill silk comforters. Long mulberry silk floss strands can be
thousands of yards in length! This ensures the comforter filling
layers never bunch or shift. Much preferred to tussah silk used
in comforters of lesser quality, silk floss comforter fill
ensures a quality product.
And if all of the warmth, lightness and pure beauty of silk
weren’t enough, silk is perfect for people who are concerned
about allergens. Like its cotton cousin, silk’s natural fibers
don’t harbor dust mites or give off gas like man made fabrics
do. Can’t beat that for better sleeping health and peace of
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