Do you have children’s silk products?
Where does your silk come from?
They are from China. Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China with some of the earliest examples found as early as 3,500 BC. It is still the biggest manufacturer of silk. Other countries producing silk in substantially lower volumes are Thailand and India, but their silk quality is not as smooth. Italy also makes beautiful silk but it is used predominately for garments, not silk bedding.
Are your silks 100% pure?
Yes the majority of our fabrics are 100% pure silk. The ones that are not, for example velvet, silk/viscose satin and other mixed fabrics, then these are clearly marked.
How is my order sent? How quickly will I get my order?
We ship the products via DHL/ UPS/ FEDEX/ EMS. For customers in America, Canada and Australia, then it can take 4 – 5 days. During holiday season, the time will become longer.
Are your silks washable?
We recommend that you hand wash your fabric, scarf or finished garment in tepid water and a mild detergent. Once rinsed, gently squeeze out the excess water (do not wring when wet) and lay flat between towels until you are ready to iron. Iron damp on the reverse with a fairly hot iron.
Will the silk shrink and should I wash it before making up?
If it is one of our dyed or printed silks then it has already gone through a washing process so you don’t need to do it again. If you are using our natural white silk then it may be worth washing it before making up as you may get a very small amount of shrinkage. A fabric such as georgette will appear to shrink quite a bit after washing however it will easily pull back out with ironing. If you are at all concerned then just give us a call or drop us an email to double check.
Is there any danger of burning the silk with an iron?
Only if you leave a hot iron resting on it for an extended period of time! But seriously, don’t be nervous of silk, it’s actually pretty tough stuff. But please do not wring it when it is wet.
What thread should I use to sew silk?
We use ordinary Gütermann threads. We don’t use pure silk thread as it tends to knot too easily.
Why should i use a silk pillowcase or sleeping cap?
Sleeping on silk has many known beauty benefits. Unlike cotton, which draws moisture from your skin, silk is a natural fibre that keeps your skin hydrated whilst you sleep helping to reduce unwanted bed creases when you wake.
Sleeping on silk also allows your hair to glide smoothly along the pillowcase reducing hair breakage, split ends and frizzy bed hair. Many hairdressers recommend their clients sleep on silk to prolong the life of their blow dry.
Our 100% silk sleeping caps are perfect for looking after long hair, curly hair, hair extensions or keeping your hair looking perfect for the next day.
What weight are your silk pillowcases?
Our silk pillowcases are made with 19, 22 or 25 momme 100% mulberry silk.
What Is Momme Weight?
Momme, actually pronounced as moe-me, is a unit of measurement for silk fabric. It is a measure of the weight of silk fabric. The more weight that a silk has, the longer the silk will last.
Can I iron my silk pillowcase?
Yes, always use a cool iron and iron your pillowcase inside out.
How did silk originate?
Once upon a time there lived a Chinese empress, Si Ling Chi, who watched a silkworm spinning its cocoon while on her morning walk through the royal gardens. She dreamed of clothing herself entirely with fabric made only from these fine, shimmering threads. Such was the beginning of the breeding of silkworms 5000 years ago, and even today the principles remain the same.
Another less romantic but more convincing explanation is that some ancient Chinese women found this wonderful silk by chance. When they were picking up fruits from the trees, they found a special kind of fruit, white but too hard to eat, so they boiled the fruit in hot water but they still could hardly eat it. At last, they lost their patience and began to beat them with big sticks. In this way, silk and silkworms were discovered. And the white hard fruit is a cocoon!
What exactly is silk?
Silk is the fine thread with which a silkworm spins its cocoon. The silkworm pupates in its cocoon and emerges 20 days later as a moth. The thread which is produced by the spinning glands of the silkworm is the finest and strongest natural fibre in the world. Silk is a protein fibre, meaning that it is chemically quite similar to human skin. Because of this, silk is an ideal “second skin”.
Why is silk so special?
- Silk Shines — Because of silk’s unique sheen, colors radiate and assume a illuminate character. This gleaming, however, is not the only quality of silk.
- Silk Caresses — Thanks to its extremely fine and smooth fibre structure, silk flows in a supple and soft way.
- Silk Insulates — Silk cools and warms simultaneously. Silk garments are perfect for Summer and Winter. Silk worn as a second layer underneath warms without being bulky. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe. Silk contributes to your well-being.
- Silk Wears — In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust. Its smooth surface resists soil and odors well. Silk is wrinkle and tear resistant, and dries quickly.
- Silk is Safe — Because of its protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. That means it’s less likely to cause allergic reactions to the wearer. Silk is also fire retardant. It keeps fire from spreading to its neighborhood, even if it catches fire.
- Silk Flatters — Silk has been celebrated throughout history: Princesses are clad in silken robes and noblemen in silken capes. 2000 years ago, Chinese poets wrote of the harmonizing virtues of silk clothing. Silk remains a magical fabric with often subtle benefits.
- Silk is naturally wrinkle-resistant, glossy, hypoallergenic, and easy to care for. Other fabrics can only claim these qualities after being treated with additives.
Is silk difficult to take care? What needs to be done?
Silk is amongst the most easy fabrics to take care of. Also our fabric is produced keeping in mind your cleaning requirements. Our fabric is built to last and last well. However, as a rule, it is advisable to clean silk as little as possible, because silk will lose its special sheen if it is repeatedly or wrongly cleaned. Silk should only be dry cleaned professionally. In the case of an emergency, we have, however, added here some guidelines for keeping your silk clean and special as only silk can be.
- Chemical: Petroleum ether, turpentine, spirit of wine, benzine, benzene, surgical spirit, acetone and methanol are all flammable and must only be used in small quantities.
- Washing: Wash only with very mild soaps and only in a slow and tumble mode.
- Ironing: Use regular iron boxes with usual instructions for use on silks. Iron only after drying and hang to dry indoors, never in direct sunlight.
- Stains: Most stains will require expert help from a professional fabric care specialist.
- Blends: Care for blends on the same lines as pure silks.
Why should I use silk instead of cotton underclothes?
Whilst both fabrics are natural products, silk has the advantage over cotton as it is a protein fibre of animal origin rather than a vegetable fibre and has the ability to mimic human hair.
The long strands of silk provide a smooth, friction free garment which will not irritate the skin, even on the most active toddler.
In addition, silk is capable of maintaining a stable body temperature in whatever climate and absorbing up to 1/3 rd of its weight in moisture before it begins to feel damp.
These are important features for children with eczema as cotton garments can feel cold when they get damp and encourage the child to sweat more and lose further moisture to keep warm.
Is your silk mulberry silk?
Is your silk mulberry silk or chameuse silk?
Mulberry silk & chameuse silk are two different concepts. Mulberry silk is the ingredient (means it is pure silk that comes from cultivated silk worms that fed on mulberry leaves) while chameuse silk is the final product, it means they use 100% mulberry silk fibers to weave into charmeuse weave. (Silk fiber can also be weave into many other type of silk fabrics, such as silk chiffon, silk habotai, silk crepe, silk taffeta…etc)
What are the thread counts of your silk?
Thread count of our silk fabric is 400 – 800.
However, thread count is a quality measuring standard for cotton, not silk. Silk quality is measured by it’s weight, and momme is the traditional density unit for silk. The higher the momme number, the heavier and better quality the silk.
Most in the markets are only 16 – 19 momme but ours is 19 – 30 momme, the best weight for durable silk bedding. High momme silk (higher than 22) is very rare and very expensive, and is actually overkill. You do not need to spend more money since 22 momme silk is strong enough to last for years.
What is charmeuse silk and what is satin silk?
Silk is a natural protein fibre which can be woven into different types of textiles including silk chiffon, silk crepe, silk shantong, silk habotai, and silk charmeuse/satin. In other words, charmeuse and satin are specific types of weaves.
No one uses silk chiffon to make silk bedding since it is so flimsy and light weight. Most people use silk habotai and silk charmeuse to make silk bedding. Habotai silk is a lighter weight silk that is only about 15 momme, decent enough to make silk bedding, but it will not last for a long time. Also, habotai weave does not have a smooth silky surface like charmeuse. The preferred and more luxurious choice of silk for bedding is charmeuse weave silk.
Charmeuse weave and satin weave are essentially the same tight, heavy weight weave with a glossy surface and a dull back. We use the word “charmeuse” instead of the word “satin” because “satin” or “sateen” has been “hijacked” by polyester manufacturers who use polyester fibers in a satin weave to create the illusion of silk, and then incorrectly call it satin. The correct thing to do is to call it “polyester satin” not just satin since satin describes only the weave, not the fiber content. Our silk beddings are made from top grade 100% silk, in charmeuse weave. Charmeuse silk is so beautiful that top designers use it to make couture gowns for celebrities to wear on the red carpet.
How long will my silk sheets lasts?
With the right care and usage, silk sheets should last for average around 1 to 3 years. But there are also other elements that exist in each individual households that might affect it’s life span, e.g. weight of user, tossing and turning patterns of the sleeper, frequency of wash (Try not to wash the sheets too frequently), type of water in the area, surface of the mattresses, type of mattress , dryness in the room because of heater use…..etc.
What is involved in raising silkworms?
Silkworms raised for textile production take extraordinary care, requiring quiet and sanitary conditions, and feed on cultivated mulberry leaves. In fact, raising mulberry trees for silkworms is a significant industry in Asia.
How does silk compare with other fibres?
Natural silks are superior in strength to any plant or animal fiber. In spite of its delicate appearance, natural silks are strong, yet lightweight and supple; and are known to be cool in summer, yet surprisingly comfortable in winter. Silks made from silk fibre demand special care. Customer’s should understand silk’s characteristics and use and care recommendations to maintain and extend the life of the silk. Silk should not be stored in a plastic bag or exposed to strong sunlight. Silk is a strong fibre but can be weakened by perspiration, deodorants and sunlight. Silk is absorbent so it dyes easily, some dye colors tend to bleed and fade more readily. Sunlight will fade silk items and turn white silk garments yellow.
What parts of the world are known for their silk?
While silk comes from Asia, primarily China and Japan, France became famous for its production of finished silk fabrics, which explains French names such as dupioni and peau de soie for silk weaves.