Silk farms raise cocoons through a process called sericulture. Silk producers then process the cocoon through four stages:
Each cocoon is sorted according to color, size, shape, and texture. The quality of silk depends on the combination of these attributes. Cocoon coloring can vary from white to yellow to gray.
Sericin or “silk gum” is the gooey substance that holds the silk filament together. The cocoons are submersed in hot and cold water to soften the sericin and silk filaments are unwound to produce a continuous thread.
Silk filaments are unwound in the reeling process and combined together to make a thread of raw silk. Three to ten strands of silk filament are combined for a single thread as individual filaments are too fine for commercial use.
Silk is reeled into skeins and then shipped to silk mills all over the world.
It takes about 110 cocoons to make a tie, about 630 cocoons to make a blouse, and about 12,000 cocoons to make a silk-filled comforter.
Silk, as a fiber, has amazing tensile strength which allows it to withstand great pulling pressure.
Pure silk can be identified by a performing a “burn test”. Burning silk produces an unpleasant smell and the fiber turns into a powdery ash. Silk behaves similarly to wool, in that when the source of flame is removed, the silk ceases to burn.
Pure silk fibers dissolve in bleach. Therefore, the whiter the fibers, the more refined and pure the silk is.
- 100% naturally hypoallergenic
- inhospitable to dustmites
- purer alternative to other allergen-harboring insulates
ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS
- composed of 18 essential amino acids
- studies have indicated the pervasive benefits of amino acids exposure in countering the effects of aging, especially in facial skin
- amino acids function to help calm the nervous system
LOW MOISTURE RETENTION
- resists mildew from forming
- wicks moisture away from the body
- my prevent relief from arthritis and joint pain
TEMPERATE AND COMFORT
- adjusts to the environmental temperatures
- acts warmer in winter and cooler in summer
- withstands detention and will not break down over time
- fibers will not wander or bunch, creating a more even warmth