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What to look for when buying a silk pillowcase

How to know what silk pillowcase to buy

Monday Silks are committed to high quality 6A, 22 momme mulberry silk. If you're new to silk, make sure you read our tips on buying a silk pillowcase so you know what to look for.

 

What to look for when buying a mulberry silk pillowcase: 

Type of Silk?

Look for a silk pillowcase made from 100% mulberry silk. Mulberry Silk is a natural fibre created by silkworms (Bombyx mori) who feed only on mulberry tree leaves. The silk they spin their cocoons into is then used to produce silk products. Mulberry Silk is regarded as the best silk you can buy for bedding and clothing. Find out about the difference between silk and satin.

 

Quality Grades of Mulberry Silk

Silk is generally graded on an A, B, and C scale, with A referencing the highest quality. Grade A silk has long strands, contains almost no impurities and has an ivory white colour with a healthy sheen to it.  Silk grades are also further differentiated by number eg 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. Grade 3A are commonly used as filling in comforters and pillows. The finest quality Silk is the 6A grade which is  the most expensive to produce and buy. 

Monday Silks use the highest grade 6A for their silk pillowcases and sheets. If a silk pillowcase product doesn't mention the silk quality grade, it's highly likely it is made with a lower grade silk.  

 

How much silk are you getting?

Momme (mm) is used to measure density of silk fabrics and provide understanding of the quality in a silk fabric. Silk is an incredibly fine thread and therefore using thread counts would give an extremely high measure, compared to other materials such as cotton. Momme weight describes the weight of 100 yards of silk and 45 inches wide in pounds. So, if a fabric is listed as 22mm in momme weight, then that 100 yards of fabric weighs 22 pounds

For silk bedding, you’ll want to get something with at least 19mm so it can withstand daily use and regular washing. Make sure you alway check the momme before buying a silk pillowcase.

 

Monday Silk only stock Silk Pillowcase that's are created from 6A long strand, 22 momme Mulberry Silk

How to find the quality of a silk pillowcase

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