Silk has been regarded as the"Queen of Textiles" for more than 4,000 years. Oscar de la Renta has been quoted as saying; "silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hands" , because it is the ultimate fabric that simply exudes sophistication.
The highest quality silk available comes from silk worms produced from the Bombyx Mori moth, that, having been fed a diet of mulberry leaves, results in the luxurious fabric known as mulberry silk.
We use silk satin for our designs, admired for it's lustrous shine and luxurious feel. The shimmering appearance of silk comes from the fibres' triangular prism-like structure which allows the fabric to refract incoming light at different angles. The satin weave gives it a very smooth, shiny surface on one side and a matte surface on the reverse. Silk Satin is known as charmeuse silk in the United States.
Woven silk is graded by the momme weight system. This is based on the weight of silk relating to it's surface area. Higher momme weights show more silk was used in the weaving process. The silk satin we use is 19 momme which is of a very high quality.
A garment made of woven fabric is said to be "cut on the bias" when the fabrics warp and weft threads are at 45 degrees to it's major seam lines. This allows the fabric to have more give and elasticity in the bias direction compared to the straight grain. A bias cut garment has more fluidity; it accentuates body lines and drapes softly. The vast majority of our silk satin lingerie and nightwear is bias cut.
As well as it's luxurious softness and dazzling lustre, there are many other benefits of silk, that other fabrics simply cannot match.
IT IS HYPOALLERGENIC
Because of it's natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics, and so is ideal for those with sensitive skin. People are rarely allergic to silk because it is free of any potentially irritating added chemicals and contains natural substances that ward off environmental allergens including dust mites, mould and fungus.
IT HAS CLIMATE CONTROL PROPERTIES
Silk is an all-climate fabric; it is remarkably warm for a fine fabric, but also comfortably cool when the temperature rises.
IT IS ABSORBENT
Silk is highly absorbent and efficient at wicking away moisture from the body. It can absorb up to 30% of it's weight in moisture without feeling damp.
IT IS FIRE RESISTANT
Silk is resistant to fire; it does not burn easily or quickly and does not melt at high temperatures, as do some other synthetic materials.
IT LOVES COLOUR
Silk accepts dye well, achieving brilliant, vibrant colours. It also washes and dries easily and develops an attractive softness in it's look and feel over time.
IT IS STRONG
Silk is the strongest natural fibre and does not tear or pierce easily.
IT IS LIGHTWEIGHT
When folded, silk occupies a remarkably small amount of space. Silk garments will take up very little room or weight in your suitcase!
IT IS A COOL HAVEN
Hot flushes, that sudden warmth in the face, neck and chest are amongst the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause. Sleeping in breatheable silk nightwear helps lower body heat.
IT GIVES A GLOWING COMPLEXION
Silk can improve your skin and overall health. This affordable luxury must be considered a beauty mainstay. The tightly woven fibres of silk help keep moisture close to the skin. When you wake up after sleeping on a silk pillowcase, your face will be better hydrated than if you had slept on cotton. Hydrated, plump skin show fewer lines and more luminosity than dehydrated skin cells.
IT GIVES RELIEF TO IRRITATED SKIN
Multiple studies have pointed to the antimicrobial properties of silk. Antimicrobial agents help skin stay clear of irritation and improvements have been shown on patients with the skin condition eczema. Silk can also help those who suffer from asthma.
IT IS ANTI AGEING
Silk amino acids, a natural nutrient found in the fabric, have been found to reduce specific signs of ageing, such as wrinkles. With albumen, a naturally-occurring chemical in silk, the skin's metabolism speeds up, allowing dead skin cells to develop and repair at a much faster rate. Over time, the long term use of silk will improve the skin's appearance, slowing down the effects of ageing.
IT IMPROVES SLEEP
Sleeping in silk is amazingly comfortable and as it regulates body temperature. Also, the softness of silk coaxes your nervous system into relaxing, allowing you to achieve the full cycle of sleep necessary.