Why Mulberry Silk?
Silk has been used for bedding and clothing for
thousands of years. Silk has been dated back over 5,000 years in China. Mulberry
silk is the highest quality silk you can purchase and it is also the most
expensive type of silk produced.
There are two types of silk, wild silk and cultivated silk. Cultivated silk is
better known as mulberry silk. Mulberry silk is made from the silkworms of the
Bombyx mori moth.
In China there is a tree called the white mulberry tree. It's leaves are
extremely high in antioxidants and this is the only thing these silk worms eat.
This is where mulberry silk gets it’s name.
Mulberry silk is cultivated because there are these rooms filled with tens of
thousands of silk worms. They live in climate controlled rooms in China and all
day long they eat the mulberry leaves.
After about a month of the constant eating, the silkworms will have increased
their weight about 10,000 times and will start spinning their cocoon. Great care
is taken to ensure the silkworms do not hatch into moths because that would
destroy the cocoon and break the silk filament it has created. One filament can
be up to 1,600 yards long. It takes about 6 of the silk filaments woven together
to create one mulberry silk thread.
The resulting mulberry silk thread is the strongest natural fiber in the world,
making it incredibly durable yet soft. A silk fiber the same diameter as a fiber
of steel is stronger than the steel.
The mulberry silk thread is finer, smoother, and a lighter more uniform color
than silk harvested from the wild. In the wild silkworms eat whatever leaves and
plants that are available to them.
A few other features of
Dust mites and Bed Bugs resistant - they are
deprived of the moist environment they require for their survival.
Silk naturally draws moisture away from the
body at night and releases it into the air.
Silk is hypo-allergenic and does not trigger
allergic reactions like down or wool can.
Silk is a great source of relief for allergy
and rheumatism sufferers across the globe.
Mulberry Silk is lightweight, supple and
Silk bedding is easy to spot
clean. Do not machine wash.
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