What is the best way to wash silk?

General: never use chemical cleaning agents. Do not add bleach, do not scrub, do not wring, do not tumble dry.

  1. Hand-washing or machine washing at 30 degrees centigrade with a fine washing detergent that is colour-protective and suitable for silk.
  2. Hand-wash: rinse with tepid water afterwards.
  3. Machine washing: gentle wash, 30 degrees Celsius. Do not centrifuge. Shake off redundant water and hang out to dry.
  4. Do not dry in the sun or close to radiators.
  5. The slightly moist silk can be ironed at the ‘silk’ setting (usually dot 1) of the iron. Preferably iron on the inside/back.
  6. In general: never use chemical detergents. Do not add bleach, do not scrub, do not wring, do not tumble-dry.

If you follow these tips, your silk will stay beautiful for longer.

What are the advantages of silk?

Silk is both strong and elastic and can absorb a lot of moisture (up to 40%) without the fabric feeling damp. It also has isothermal properties which make it feel cool in warm weather and comfortably warm when the weather is cold. Silk is hardly susceptible to mould and moths. 

- silk feels cool in heat
- silk gives warmth in cold
- silk is supple and feels like a second skin
- silk is airy and absorbs moisture well

Silk and allergies

Silk is pleasant to the skin and has qualities similar to wool. Silk can absorb a lot of moisture without the fabric feeling damp. Silk ventilates well. Silk is virtually insensitive to mold and moths.

What does "momme" mean?

"Momme" is a standard designation for the quality of silk, just as the designation "carat" indicates the quality of gold or diamond. The momme value of a silk fabric is determined by the weight of a certain size of silk fabric.

For silk bedding, a momme value of 12-16 is considered good quality, a momme value of 16-19 means very high quality (inSilk always delivers the 19 momme quality).

How is the momme value calculated?

As a standard for determining the momme value, a piece of silk fabric of 100 meters long and 45 centimeters wide is used. For example, if the weight of that piece of fabric is 19 kilos, then the momme value is 19. The higher the momme value, the heavier the fabric, the more silk has been used in the manufacturing process.

For silk bedding, a momme value between 12-19 is fine. Silk clothing usually has a momme value between 8 and 12. Silk with a momme value of 22 is suitable for making a men's suit.

Momme weight is denoted by "mm" (not to be confused with "mm" for millimeters).

What is the difference between silk and satin?

Contrary to popular belief, satin is not a material or fabric in itself, but satin is a weaving technique. The weaving technique "satin weave" is used to create a fabric in "satin". With this technique, yarns can be woven very close together, making the fabric supple, smooth and shiny.

Satin was originally only made in China, for which only silk was used. In the Middle Ages, satin first became known in Italy (12th century), later in the rest of Europe (14th century). Due to the luxurious appearance and the high cost, satin was only reserved for the higher circles.

Satin used to consist exclusively of silk, nowadays satin is also made with polyester, acetate, nylon, or rayon. When using these materials, the advantages that the natural product "silk" adds to the end product naturally disappear.

Silk and Parkinson's disease

For people with Parkinson's disease, turning in bed can sometimes be quite difficult, resulting in a poor night's sleep.

Silk bedding (mobility sheet) in combination with silk nightwear (silk pajamas or silk underwear) can promote freedom of movement in bed: the smoothness of the material makes turning in bed easier.

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