Can you distinguish between mulberry silk and wild silk?
What is Mulberry Silk?
Mulberry silk, high quality silk, is made from silkworms raised in captivity under exacting conditions.
5000 years ago, people produced silk by using silkworm cocoons, and bred domesticated silkworms for their excellence in producing silk. People only fed white mulberry leaves to domesticated silkworms, and strictly controlled their environment. The resulting mulberry silk thread is the best silk in the world.
What is Wild Silk?
In contrast, wild silks including eri, muga, and tussar silks are not produced in the same type of controlled environment.
Compared with mulberry silk, it is much more difficult to process wild silk. Most wild silks are harvested once the silkworms have emerged from their cocoons. Thus, the silk used to make cocoons has been separated into multiple pieces. Conversely, domesticated silkworms’ cocoons harvested earlier so that they can be unraveled into single strands of silk.
Besides, it is difficult to process wild silk for human use, for the cocoons of wild silkworms sometimes have mineral-strengthened shells.
And, wild silk is not as pleasing to the senses.
In general, most wild silks are rougher than mulberry silks. And, processing wild silk into long, smooth strand is time taking and complex because of their harvesting method.
Last but not least, wild silks are not uniform, which can affect the appearance and texture of the silk and is difficult to ensure a standard of excellence for pieces made using the fabric.
No doubt, mulberry silk is superior to its wild counterparts. Mulberry silk, finer and smooth, makes more luxurious and smooth feeling upon your skin. More important, mulberry silk is strong and long-lasting. Therefore, mulberry silk is the best choice for people who interested in both luxury and outstanding value.
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