Mulberry silk, made from silkworms raised in captivity under stringent conditions, is the most expensive high quality silk.
Why is mulberry silk so expensive? We should know how mulberry silk is made at first.
How Mulberry Silk is Made?
- Silkworm moth lays eggs, and it dies after lays 500 eggs. Place these eggs in a 65 ° F environment, and then slowly raise the temperature to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to hatch the eggs.
- Use mulberry leaves to feed the tiny silkworms. About a month later, the weight of the silkworm has increased about 10,000 times. Silkworms’ life is very short, their life is beautiful. People continue to supply mulberry leaves to them, and strictly control their environment to prevent them from being subjected to huge noises and strong scents. They will accumulate enough energy to start rotating cocoon. Silkworm needs three to as long as eight days to weave the cocoon.
- Keep the cocoon in a warm place for a few days. Be very careful to ensure that the silkworm will not hatch the moth. Place them in water to soften the filaments to harvest the silk from the cocoons. After that, the softened filaments are unwound from the cocoon. A filament can be up to 1,600 yards. To create one mulberry silk thread, you need collect 4-8 of the silk filaments.
Features of Mulberry Silk
- Silk is the world’s strongest natural fiber. Silk fibers with the same diameter as steel fibers are stronger than steel.
- Compared with wild silk, the mulberry silk thread is more rounded, finer, smoother, and more evenly colored.
- Although some people called mulberry silk as cultivated silk, mulberry silk is the most commonly used term.
What to Consider When Buying Mulberry Silk Sheets
Silk sheets made of 100% mulberry silk and comforters made of 100% mulberry silk floss are the best silk bedding. But, they are also the most luxurious, and durable silk bedding,
In addition to type and quality of silk, you have to consider its weight when selecting a silk sheet.
For high quality silk bedding, their momme weight should reach 19. Momme is a standard weight measurement for silk fabric. The higher the momme number, the heaver the fabric, the more threads are used in the construction of the fabric.
Although we check the momme weight first, we should not ignore the line thread count. It is recommended to select silk bedding with a thread count of 400 or higher.