Silk, the illustrious “Queen of the Fibers,” has fascinated people for centuries with its luxurious texture and shimmering appearance. Despite its long-standing reputation as one of the most coveted textile materials, many are still in the dark when it comes to this magnificent fabric. Are you one of those people? Fear not, as we present to you a brief yet all-encompassing introduction to silk that will take you on a journey through its fabric, use, and care. Get ready to be mesmerized by the intricate beauty and timeless appeal of silk
TYPES OF SILK
Silk is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious and exquisite fabrics in the world. Its lustrous texture and sheen make it highly sought-after for use in fashion, furnishings, and accessories. However, not all silk is created equal, and there are various types of silk available that vary in texture, quality, and price. Following are the different types of silk and their unique characteristics.
Mulberry silk is the most common and widely available type of silk. It is produced by silkworms that feed on mulberry leaves and is known for its fine, lustrous texture and high-quality. Mulberry silk is highly durable and can withstand daily wear and tear.
Tussar silk, also known as 'wild silk,' is produced by wild silkworms that feed on
various trees such as sal, arjun, and oak. Tussar silk has a rough texture and a natural
goldish hue, making it highly valued in the fashion industry.
Eri silk is produced by domesticated silkworms that feed on castor leaves. Eri silk has a soft, wool-like texture and is often referred to as 'peace silk' because it is produced without harming the silkworms
Muga silk is an exclusive variety of silk that is produced only in Assam, India. It is known for its golden-yellow color and high durability, making it highly prized in the
Spider silk is one of the rarest and most expensive types of silk. It is produced by spiders and is known for its exceptional strength and elasticity, making it highly valued for use in medical and military application.
What is mulberry silk
The most luxurious silk in the world, Mulberry silk, is created by rearing silkworms in captivity and feeding them only mulberry leaves. The production process involves strict monitoring and control of the silkworms’ environment to ensure the highest quality silk. The resulting cocoons spin silk threads that are smoother, lighter, and more uniformly colored than any other type of silk available. The fibers of Mulberry silk are exceptionally durable and strong, surpassing even steel fibers of the same diameter in strength and resilience. This attention to detail in production allows Mulberry silk to be known for its outstanding quality, unmatched
texture, and durability.
What is momme
Mommes(mm) is a unit traditionally used to measure the quality of silk fabrics. 1 Momme = 4.340 grams per square meter; 8 mommes is approximately 1 ounce per square yard or 35 grams per square meter.So the higher the momme the better? No, it depends. For silk bedding, 22mm ~ 25mm is the best, while for clothes, 16mm ~ 22 mm is acceptable.