Silk floss looks similar to a cotton ball that has been stretched out and flattened. However, the individual silk fibers are very long, and this extremely long fiber length makes silk fabric so smooth.
Silk floss has different types. For instance, mulberry silk floss comes from silk worms that are fed a diet of pure mulberry leaves; while tussah silk floss comes from silk worms that eat from the wild.
If silk fiber is used to make silk fabric, it is reeled. However, silk fiber is layered, and it is stretch to make the silk floss batting used as insulation in a silk comforter.
- Open silk cocoon and turn the worm out.
- Soak silk and wash silk with water.
- Stretched over u-shaped bamboo bracket that holds the silk layer until it has dried.
- Silk layers are taken off the bracket.
- Several people pull the edges out to stretch the cocoon into 1 thin layer measuring about 6′ x 6′.
- Many cocoons are stretched and layered, 1 on top of the other to form a silk batting layer.
- Quilt the silk batting into a silk comforter using either a silk fabric or cotton fabric cover.