Silk has been a popular bedding material for centuries due to its luxurious feel, hypoallergenic properties, and temperature-regulation capabilities. However, not all silk is created equal. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of silk used in bedding and their advantages, disadvantages, and unique characteristics.
Tussah silk is produced by wild silkworms that feed on oak and juniper leaves, resulting in a shorter and coarser fibre than Mulberry silk. As a result, Tussah silk has a more textured but uneven appearance than Mulberry silk, making it ideal for a more rustic or bohemian bedroom style.
However, Tussah silk is not as soft as Mulberry silk or Habotai silk. It can feel rough or scratchy against the skin, making it less comfortable to sleep in, especially for people with sensitive skin.
Eri silk, also known as "peace silk," is produced by the Eri silkworm, which feeds on castor leaves. Unlike other silk varieties, the Eri silk is harvested after the silkworms have emerged as moths, resulting in a more ethical and sustainable production process.
While having a soft and cosy texture, Eri silk has a matte finish and does not have the same level of shine or lustre as other types of silk, so it appears less luxurious or elegant in bed linen.
Muga silk is a rare and highly prized silk variety made only in Assam, India. The silk is produced by semi-domesticated silkworms that feed on various leaves. Muga silk has a beautiful golden colour and a natural shimmer that only improves with age, making it a highly sought-after material for luxury bedding.
On the other hand, there are better choices than Muga silk for bedding due to its high cost, limited availability, and potentially less comfortable texture.
Spider silk is the most robust and durable natural fibre in the world and could have been an ideal bedding material. However, due to the difficulty in harvesting spider silk and its high cost, it is not commonly used in bedding production.
Charmeuse silk is a silk fabric with a satin weave that gives it a luxurious and glossy finish. However, it is not as durable as other types of silk, making it less suitable for everyday bedding.
Charmeuse silk is lightweight and shiny, has a smooth, silky texture that feels gentle against the skin, and is often used in lingerie and eveningwear.
Habotai silk, also known as "China silk," is a lightweight and delicate silk fabric. Often used for clothing and accessories for its smooth and silky texture, Habotai silk, however, isn't the best choice for bedding due to its lack of durability, the tendency to wrinkle, and reduced breathability.
Dupioni silk is made from two silk worms that spin their cocoons together, creating a textured and irregular weave, making it more prone to wrinkling and more susceptible to wear and tear than other types of silk.
In addition, Dupioni silk is often treated with chemicals to enhance its texture or appearance, which reduces its breathability.
Mulberry silk is the preferred choice for luxury silk bedding and is considered the highest quality silk available. It is produced by silkworms that feed on Mulberry leaves, resulting in a long, smooth, and lustrous fibre.
Highly durable, hypoallergenic, and naturally moisture-wicking, Mulberry silk is incredibly soft and has excellent temperature regulation properties, keeping you comfortable throughout the night, no matter the season.
It is also resistant to dust mites, mould, and mildew, making it an excellent option for people with allergies, sensitive skin or respiratory issues.
Why consider Silky U bedding
Made from 6A grade pure Mulberry silk and crafted with attention to detail and quality, our silk bed sheets and silk quilts are an excellent option if you want to experience the benefits of the highest quality silk bedding, ensuring a comfortable and luxurious night's sleep.