Silk Comforters & Summer Sleeping

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

This is the first of two postings that compares silk to wool, beginning with the silkworm, as seen above. The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silkmoth, Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"). Although silkworms are domesticated, they’re not household pets; they serve human beings in a few different ways—economically, practically and aesthetically. As such, they depend on human beings to reproduce their unnatural species and to produce a constant supply of silk to meet the global economic demand  Silk may seem like a luxury for most people, but it’s actually a wise long-term investment, since it’s one of the strongest natural fibers. An example of the durable and long lasting quality of silk over other fabrics is illustrated by the recovery and recorded in 1840 of silk garments from the shipwreck of 1782: “The most durable article found has been silk; for besides pieces of cloaks and lace, a pair of black satin breeches, and a large satin waistcoat with flaps, were got up, of which the silk was perfect, but the lining entirely gone . . . from the thread giving way. . . No articles of dress of woolen cloth have yet been found.”

Silk is a natural protein fiber, like human hair, taken from the cocoon of the silkworm. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers and more durable than any low or medium grade wool. Say “silk” to someone and what do they see? No other fabric generates quite the same response. Silk is one of the oldest textile fibers known to humanity, and the Chinese has used it since the 27th century BC. Silk is mentioned by Aristotle, the Ancient Greeks, and became a valuable commodity both in throughout the Mediterranean basin. During the age of the Roman Empire, silk was sold for its weight in gold. For centuries silk has had a reputation as a luxurious and sensuous fabric, one associated with wealth and success, but these days it’s readily available to anyone who’s willing to spend a few extra dollars for a long-term investment.

Silk has always been synonymous with beauty and utility, and silk garments are prized for their versatility, ‘wearability’ and comfort. A steel filament of the same diameter as silk will break before a filament of silk. Silk absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This makes it an ideal material for summer or three season sleeping.  It actually offer the abililty to wick moisture away, and to breath allowing the body to self regulate making it the ideal summer sleeping cover. Not too hot.. not too cool. 

Nearly all silk fabrics can be hand-washed, and, technically, it  genrallly doesn’t shrink like other fibers. If the fabric is not tightly woven, washing silk will tighten the weave. Thus, lighter weights of silk can be improved by washing because that process will tighten the weave. A tightly woven item of silk, such as a sheet or comforter will not shrink or will shrink a lot less. Silk garments, however, can shrink if the fabric has not been washed prior to the garment’s production. Silk dries quickly but should not be put in an automatic dryer unless the fabric was dried in one prior to the item’s creation. Shampoo works well in cleaning silk, as it will remove oil and revitalize the item. Do not use an alkaline shampoo or one that contains ingredients such as wax, petroleum, or their derivatives, as these products will leave a residue and may cause ‘oil’ spots. 

Haiku Design’s silk comforter is made in Germany and filled with 100% of the finest natural Tussah silk available. This unique brand of special silk, is a bunched silk or raw silk and regulates body temperature throughout the night and adsorbs excess moisture, allowing for a fresh, dry, and healthy sleeping environment that repels molds and other allergens. This exceptional comforter comes with a chemical-free, 250 thread-count cotton quilted shell for protection and additional comfort. 

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