In ancient China, owning anything made of silk was once a privilege only given to the very wealthy and powerful. Today, quality silk bedding no longer only for the rich and affluent. Quality silk bedding is available to anyone willing to invest in it.
What are the benefits and advantages of silk bedding? Here are a few:
A silk comforter typically contains over one hundred layers of silk which makes it incredibly breathable and comfortable. Silk will wick away moisture from the body, keeping a person cool and comfortable all night long. That means that not only will it keep a person cool in the summer, but it is the perfect bedding choice for anyone who suffers from night sweats or hot flashes.
That doesn’t mean a persons silk comforter should be stored away for the winter in favor of another type of comforter. Silk is great in the winter too although feeling the weight of a silk comforter may not lead you to believe that. But it is true. Sleeping under a silk comforter is like sleeping under a light fluffy cloud, one that will keep you warm and snuggly even when it is cold outside. Silk has a natural draping ability that some people call the “hugging effect.” It gently caresses and hugs the body which helps hold in body heat when it is cold.
This means a silk comforter will keep a person feeling “just right” in terms of warmth. It helps them not ever feel too warm or too cold but always “just right.”
It Is Good For Allergy and Asthma Sufferers
The process of making silk from the cocoons of silkworms is a gentle one. It does not strip away the protein called sericin that it contains nor the amino acids that are in it. Those are good things for humans. They make silk, mold resistant, mildew resistant, and an environment that dust mites hate. So if you are like me and had to get rid of your down comforter because of dust mite allergies, getting a silk comforter instead is the perfect choice.
High-quality silk bedding will last for many years. As long as a silk comforter is not abused, and by abused I mean subjected to harsh detergents and frequent laundering, it can easily last upwards of 20 years. Because silk naturally repels dirt, odors, and pesky things like dust mites a silk comforter does not need frequent laundering. In fact, many silk experts recommend avoiding laundering of a silk comforter unless it is absolutely necessary, such as in the case of spilling something on it. But, they also say a silk comforter should always have a duvet cover to protect it. The duvet cover should be laundered frequently and kept clean, as well as the silk sheets.
Why will high-quality silk last for so long? Mulberry silk is the king of silks. It is made from the cocoons of a special type of silkworm that is pampered with a steady around the clock diet of chopped mulberry leaves and a temperature controlled environment free of strong odors and loud noises from the time they are hatched to the time they meet their demise when their cocoons are harvested for their silk. Great care is taken to not allow a moth to hatch from a silkworm after it has spun its cocoon. This is so the long single filament silk thread the silkworm has woven as its cocoon does not get broken.
When the silk filament thread from a single cocoon of a cultivated silkworm is unwound, it can be as long as 1,600 yards. The long threads in mulberry silk along with its natural tendency to adhere and bond with itself creates a fabric that is very durable and long lasting.
You Won’t Be Sorry
I have yet to hear of a single person who has said that sleeping on silk bedding is horrible. Most cannot rave enough about how wonderful it is. I doubt that you will regret your purchase of silk bedding. Instead you will be very glad you did it.