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What Is Mulberry Silk & Why Choose It For Your Bedding?

23rd May 2022

There’s something special about silk. From its opulent sheen to its royal prestige, silk is undoubtedly one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics. Of the many varieties of silk, one emerges supreme-mulberry silk. But what makes this fabric exceptional? And should you choose it for your bedding? In this article, we’ll let you in on everything you need to know about mulberry silk, leaving no questions unanswered.

What is Mulberry Silk?

Introducing the world’s finest and most luxurious silk fabric: mulberry silk. Each strand of this beautiful material is smooth and unbroken, woven together to make for a decadently smooth and soft feel. As the name suggests, mulberry silk is ethically and sustainably produced by silkworms fed the leaves of the mulberry tree. These silkworms spin raw silk for many years to produce spools of this fine silk. Mulberry silk boasts many wonderful benefits, which we’ll go into below.



8 Benefits of Choosing Mulberry Silk Bedding

1. It’s great for your skin and complexion

There’s nothing quite like a silk pillowcase for your skin. Mulberry silk is one of the softest natural silks, creating a perfectly frictionless surface that won’t cause any skin creasing or wrinkes. This material absorbs less moisture than other bedding fabrics, locking the moisture in on your skin. Mulberry silk is also hypoallergenic, reducing irritation for those with sensitive skin or prone to inflammation.

2. Silk pillowcase = silky hair

Silk's natural properties, such as its smooth surface and sheen, are ideal for reducing friction, frizz, and tangles while you sleep. All hair types and textures can benefit from mulberry silk bedding as silk preserves the cuticle layer of the hair. While cotton snags your hair, silk holds hairstyles for longer. Other materials are highly absorbent, collecting dirt and oil and stripping your hair of natural oils as you sleep, whereas silk locks in your hair’s moisture, preserving its natural oils.

3. Silk is elegant and beautiful

Nothing beats the rich lustre and unmistakable sheen of silk. While synthetic alternatives mimic the look, they don’t compare to the beauty of high-quality mulberry silk—a silk with more uniform coloured threads than any other variety. With its pearlescent sheen, silk has an elegant and high-end appearance. This fabric almost shimmers and you’ll find that the fabric's hue changes slightly next to the light.

4. Mulberry silk is sustainable

From origin to end, mulberry silk is as eco-friendly as it gets. Derived from silkworms that feast on the leaves of the mulberry tree, this fibre is derived from all-natural and sustainable resources. The manufacturing process also has a low impact, using less water and energy than your garden variety synthetics. As one of the strongest natural and biodegradable materials, mulberry silk can also last many years with proper care, putting less strain on natural resources.

5. Temperature-regulating and breathable

Synthetic fabrics lack the comfort and breathability provided by all-natural materials like mulberry silk. Mulberry silk has the unique ability to wick moisture twice as fast as other types of bedding. Mulberry silk sheets, pillowcases, quilt covers, and quilts/duvets wick away sweat, keeping you cool throughout the night as there isn’t moisture under your sheets that could worsen extreme temperatures. As a result, your body is able to maintain an optimal temperature as you drift off to sleep.

6. It’s hypoallergenic and antibacterial

If you suffer from allergies or skin conditions, you’ll be relieved to discover mulberry silk is antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Thanks to silk’s wicking ability, bacteria and fungi aren’t able to multiply and spread. Dust mites, which are a major allergy trigger, are also unable to survive in these conditions. Our mulberry silk products are A grade, meaning they haven’t been treated with chemicals and other impurities which may aggravate your condition.

7. Mulberry silk has anti-aging properties

Containing 18 amino acids, silk naturally nourishes your skin and combats the signs of aging by promoting hydration. Silk proteins, such as serine, assist to replenish the skin’s collagen to combat the signs of aging.

8. It’s luxuriously smooth

When it comes down to it, mulberry silk’s best feature is how it feels. Mulberry silk threads are renowned as the finest in the world, stronger and silkier than other varieties. The result is something that feels buttery smooth, luxurious and decadently soft.

Mulberry Silk FAQs

Mulberry silk vs charmeuse silk

Unlike 100% pure mulberry silk, charmeuse silk does not refer to a type of material; it is a fabric made with a particular weaving method that results in extra lustre on the front side only. Silk charmeuse can be made from many different types of silk, such as mulberry silk.

What are the pros and cons of silk pillowcases?

Mulberry silk pillowcases are fantastic for the skin and hair and are also suitable for allergy sufferers. They’re also incredibly smooth and comfortable, temperature-regulating, sustainable and gorgeous. There are few downsides, but one thing you may like to consider is that mulberry silk pillowcases should be washed separately in cold water.

How to care for mulberry silk?

If you've just purchased pure mulberry silk sheets, silk quilt covers or silk pillowcases, it’s a good idea to gently machine wash or cold hand wash them for the first month or so. This preserves the sheen of the silk and softens the fibres. If you’re going to machine wash, make sure you’re washing on a delicates cycle using cold or lukewarm water. Always air dry silk rather than tumble dry and keep it out of direct sunlight if possible.

BeddingCo’s mulberry silk collection

Ready to make the switch to mulberry silk? From mulberry silk sheets, quilt covers and pillowcases to quilts, BeddingCo has you covered.

Product Variations Key features

Organic Mulberry Silk Quilt

  • 100% Organic A grade Mulberry silk
  • Year-round insulation
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, antibacterial
  • OEKO-TEX certified

100% Mulberry Silk Pillow Case

Colours: White, Navy Blue, Black, Dark Grey

  • 100% A grade mulberry silk
  • 20 momme
  • Maintains skin and hair hydration
  • Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, antibacterial
  • OEKO-TEX certified

100% Mulberry Silk Sheet Set

Colours: White, Navy Blue, Black, Dark Grey

  • 100% Organic A grade Mulberry silk
  • Year-round insulation
  • Retains skin and hair moisture
  • Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, antibacterial
  • OEKO-TEX certified

100% Mulberry Silk Quilt Cover Set

Colours: White, Navy Blue, Black, Dark Grey

  • 100% Organic A grade Mulberry silk
  • Year-round insulation
  • Great for skin and hair
  • Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, antibacterial
  • OEKO-TEX certified