When choosing the perfect material for your clothing, bedding, or home furnishings, it may become evident that you will be paying slightly more for materials such as silk. Although, yes, pricier than most materials, there are many beneficial reasons as to why you will be paying more for silk than common fabrics such as cotton or polyester. In this blog post, we will be outlining why certain types of silk are a slightly more expensive investment and what benefits silk holds. 

Different types of silk and how their qualities compare

When starting to shop for silk, it is highly beneficial to educate yourself on what types of silk are out there on the market and what type may be best suited for you. These types of silk can include; 

  • Charmeuse Silk – This type of silk is the most commonly used silk in bedding and clothing. It is a lightweight product with natural elastic qualities. This makes it ideal for silk pillowcases and duvets, as it ensures to keep you warm and insulated in the winter, but cool in the summer. The difference in Charmeuse silk is that  the front of the silk has a smooth satin sheen to it, whereas the back has a dull finish to it. 
  • Mulberry Silk – Mulberry Silk is the silk that we here at Jasmine Silk use to create our high-quality silk garments and bedding. In fact, it is the most sought after silks when it comes to bedding. The silkworm from which Mulberry silk is made from is fed an extremely strict diet, consisting of mulberry tree leaves and is bred in captivity purely for this reason. The careful breeding and quality control makes Mulberry silk the very finest silk you will find on the market today, hence why the price range is slightly higher than others. 
  • Tussah Silk – Tussah Silk is actually made from a wild silkworm that has not been bred specifically for silk making. As the silkworm is wild and not fed a specific or strict diet, this silk tends to not be as soft and durable as other silks and is made predominantly in India instead of China. 
  • Habotai Silk – Habotai silk is also a highly popular choice when it comes to producing silk bedding. It is a slightly less expensive silk, but this is due to it being less durable than other forms such as Charmeuse silk. Often, this silk is created by washing it with sand. This helps it feel as soft as Mulberry, but this process destroys a lot of the silks fibres, meaning it doesn’t last half as long. 

These pointers above have now outlined that Mulberry silk is the very best you can buy. However, you will need to take note of a little something called “Momme Weight.” This is the weight of the silk and will contribute to the final price of silk you end up paying for, depending on how heavy it is. Developed by the Japanese to measure things like pearls, this isn’t something you can do whilst out shopping, but you can always check the labels and manufacturers’ listings. Ideally, you want to look for a momme weight greater than 14 for bedding. For more information or to shop our vast range of silk products, head over to our website, or check out our blog for more relative articles, buying guides, and more.