One of the main questions that we get asked is how is silk made and where does it come from? The sheer purity of silk means that its production methods go far beyond being man made in a factory. It has a really interesting history.


A collection of silk cocoons

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Silk was discovered thousands of years ago by Chinese legends, since then it has held its title of being the worlds most lusted after material. But how is it made?

The journey of making fine silk starts with the Bombyx mori moth. After laying its often 300-500 eggs they are kept at a temperature of 65 degrees fahrenheit, which is carefully raised to 75 degree to hatch the eggs. After a month of eating mulberry leaves, the silkworm will have increased their weight and built up plenty of energy to start spinning their cocoon.

The silkworm will attach itself to a twig or tree for support, spinning a cocoon over a 3-8 day period. They are kept in a warm place for several days, where great care is taken place to ensure they don’t hatch into moths as this will break the silk filament.

To harvest the cocoon, they are placed in water to soften the filament. Which is then unwound from the cocoon. One filament can be up to 900 metres long, approximately 2/3,000 cocoons make 400 grams of silk. It takes 4-8 of the silk filaments woven together to create one mulberry silk thread. Extensive effort goes into your silk products and mulberry silk is the best quality of silk that is durable and long-lasting silk. It also has many more properties that can benefit your skin, sleeping pattern and health.

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