SILKSLUXE is a high quality, luxury brand that sells 100% genuine mulberry silk products. We value quality, beauty, and comfort. Our brand started with our affinity for the beautiful & luxurious, smooth silk. We came to truly appreciate the history, cultivation process, texture, looks, and benefits that silk has to offer. Though many silks have a beautiful sheen and texture, nothing beats the special mulberry silk. The silkworms produced by the Bombyx Mori moth are fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves, which is why the luxurious fabric is known as mulberry silk. Upon seeing, feeling, and learning about the luscious mulberry silk, we knew that we wanted to share the amazing benefits of silk with the world.
Our brand carries 100% pure mulberry silk, which is the highest quality type of silk you can buy. Its high quality is due to the thread's smoothness, uniformity, length, durability, and color. You may be wondering why other brands or sellers have similar "silk" products at a lower cost and it may be because:
- it is not made from the highest quality type of silk- mulberry silk grade 6A,
- it has a lower momme count (lower weight),
- it has a different weave/fabric, or
- it is blended with other materials other than silk (ex: polyester).
There are a variety of factors for the price of a silk product such as material, quality, weight, size, design details, and packaging.
At SILKSLUXE, we can guarantee that our products are of the highest quality. We carry only the highest grade and quality- Grade 6A, 100% pure mulberry silk.
Our products are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified which means it has been tested and guaranteed to be free of all harmful substances, including chemicals, toxins, and irritants. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a global testing and accreditation program that successfully sets the standards for the screening of harmful substances in consumer textiles. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.
What Makes Silk Unique
Silk has unique properties that make it different from other types of material. For one, Mulberry silk fibers consist of sericin and fibroin, which are two very valuable proteins that are widely used in medicine and cosmetics, as well as in other industries. They consist of 18 helpful amino acids that work to condition hair and skin.
Sericin forms a layer of protection over the skin and helps promote hydration, while fibroin helps repair skin cells and balance moisture levels.
More specifically, sericin is a protein that is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and resistant to dust mites, mold, and other allergens, making it ideal for anyone suffering from allergies or sensitive skin. Sericin is of great value as it has antibacterial, UV resistant, biocompatibility, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties (among others). It has been found to improve skin elasticity and have several anti-aging factors, including an anti-wrinkle property. This is because sericin minimizes water loss from the skin due to its natural moisture retention ability. Fibroin contains a high percentage of glycine and alanine, which has an extraordinary effect on the skin. Together, they work to promote cell repair and regeneration, reduce the skin's water loss to maintain the skin's hydration levels, boost collagen levels, and alleviate skin inflammation/damage.
Overall, silk proteins naturally help to increase skin elasticity, speed up skin cell functioning, prevent wrinkles, and tighten and smooth the skin.
Here are some other qualities of silk that make it so unique:
- Silk is the strongest natural fiber in the world. It is durable and long lasting. A strand of mulberry silk is stronger than a strand of steel of the same diameter.
- Silk is considered a more sustainable fiber. It is natural, a renewable resource, is biodegradable, and uses less water, chemicals, and energy than many other fibers.
- Clothing made out of synthetic materials is generally not recyclable or biodegradable and thus ends up in landfills around the world, ultimately contributing to global warming.
- Silk is a naturally temperature-regulating fabric that is breathable so it’s never too hot or too cold in any situation. When you sweat, silk wicks away moisture and keeps you cool; when you're not, it insulates and maintains warmth.
- Silk is a breathable fabric. It does not cling to the skin or get as hot as other materials (ex: polyester/cotton). It also doesn't absorb sweat or odors.
- Because silk can easily absorb dyes, the colors on silk fabrics appear very vibrant.
- Silk is naturally non-irritating and hypoallergenic- making it great for sensitive/acne-prone skin. It discourages microbial growth (antibacterial) and is free of chemicals.
- Silk acts as a natural moisturizer/conditioner for hair. It does not absorb natural oils and moisture from skin and hair as cotton would.
- Silk reduces friction on our skin so there is less irritation, dryness, and redness when our bodies come in contact with it. It also reduces friction on our hair so it can glide across silky smoothness without breakage.
- Its perfectly smooth fibers help reduce sleep creases and wrinkles in hair and skin. Cotton has a coarser texture that can cause your hair to break/tangle/get frizzy.
- Silk is anti-static, meaning anti-frizz and bedhead.
- There is no other fabric that can compare to silk's luxurious, shiny appearance and soft feel. Man-made textiles just have not been able to replicate its smooth and soft feel.
- Silk requires careful nurturing of silkworms and delicate handling of the natural fibers. Silk production can be very labor intensive and isn’t as easy to manufacture. This makes pure silk a luxury product and much more expensive than other materials. Silk farming and the production of silk fabrics are millennia-old processes that we should be proud to safeguard.
Silk's history goes back thousands of years. Domesticated silkworms, also known as the Mulberry silkworm, or Bombyx Mori, are a species native to China, where silk was first discovered. Though the arts of silk farming and silk weaving started in Ancient China, it eventually spread to the Middle East, Europe, East Asia, and the rest of the world.
It was not long after the discovery of silk that the fabric became highly valuable in Ancient China. It was even used as a currency, and was considered to be more expensive than gold at one point. At the time, the price of something could be described in the lengths of silk as a unit of measurement. It was also seen as a status symbol in which only the Emperor, his close family, and high ranking military officials were allowed to wear and have access to. Although this was later ruled out, still not many people of the lower class were able to wear silk, as it was a costly fabric. One of the reasons why silk was/is so precious and valuable is because the creation of silk fabrics requires a lot of labor and resources.
Silk was one of the most valuable goods China had to offer at the time. Silk was seen as a luxurious good, thanks to its shimmer, lasting quality, and beautiful drape. Not only that, but because silk is one of nature’s strongest natural fibers, it was deemed useful for many things other than fabric making. It was also used for strings of musical instruments and bows, fishing lines, and was even used as paper before the Chinese invented and spread the paper we know today.
The strong interest other countries showed in China’s silk was one of the contributing causes to the opening of The Silk Road in 130 B.C.E. The Silk Road was the main transportation route connecting ancient China with Western Europe, being once the longest and most flourishing trade route in the world! As foreign countries saw the value of silk, lots of silk was traded in return for foreign products, and was also used as diplomatic gifts in foreign relations. Because it was brought all the way from China, crossing dangerous roads through mountains and deserts, it was expensive. Also, people who lived along the routes demanded payments for allowing the traders to pass through, increasing the cost of silk.
Silk has managed to maintain its reputation as a luxurious fabric. Even in this modern age, silk remains as one of the strongest and most long lasting fabrics. What's special is that, other than a few technological advances to speed up the production process, silk today is still roughly produced the same way as it was thousands of years ago. After millennia of experience in silk-making, China remains the largest producer of silk in the world, with an output of 150,000 metric tons of silk a year. Next time you wear something made of silk, take a moment to think about the fabric’s impressive millennia-old history.
Mulberry Silk VS. Other Types of Silk
Many people get confused with the various types of silk and silk fabrics. There are different qualities of the silk types and various compositions and uses for the fabrics which is why one may be more expensive than the other.
Other brands may sell "silk" fabrics like Charmeuse, Chiffon, Crêpe-de-chine, Satin, etc. which may not necessarily be made with all natural silk or 100% genuine and pure mulberry silk. It's important to note that silk fibers can be used to form Charmeuse, Chiffon, Crêpe-de-chine, Satin, and others, but other fibers can also be woven in these patterns as well. Charmeuse, Chiffon, Crêpe-de-chine, Satin are just the names of the fabric/textile weave while Mulberry silk, Eri silk, Tasar silk, and Muga silk are the types of silk.
A common misunderstanding is with satin and silk. To clarify, silk is the name of the fiber, whereas satin is the name of the textile weave. This means that satin fabrics can be made out of silk, which would be known as silk satin, or it could be made from any long filament fibers, not just silk. However, even if the satin is made with synthetic fibers like polyester, rayon, acetate, or cotton, brands may not correctly label their product as "polyester satin" and may just state their product as "satin" which may confuse buyers. Be sure to check the fiber composition of the fabric to make sure that it is all natural silk and not blended with other materials to make sure you are getting what you pay for.
Nowadays, there are many artificial alternatives to silk fabrics. However, there is still nothing that can rival natural silk in terms of quality, look, and feeling.