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  • Writer's pictureAnushka Neyol

10 reasons to choose natural mulberry silk over other alternatives

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

You may already know that natural fabrics are way better than synthetic man-made fabrics for you and the planet. In this blog, we will talk about why mulberry silk is a far superior choice when it comes to certain accessories.

Silk is the strongest natural fiber known to humans. Its impressive strengths arise from a mix of proteins with various properties.

1.) It is Hypoallergenic.

Mulberry Silk is 100% natural, odorless and hypoallergenic. The term hypoallergenic means 'relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction' as per Google and is specifically used in the context of cosmetics and textiles.

Mulberry Silk is an excellent choice of fabric for people suffering from allergic reactions like runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing, and itch throat from house dust, asthma, and immunology conditions related to skin sensitivities in general.

The silkworm spins silk fibers in a cocoon, produces a protein called sericin that keeps the silkworm protected, and is resistant from all predators.

And more so because, the tight weave structure of charmeuse silk eliminates the gaps, thus making an inhospitable environment for dust mites, mildew, and mold spores.

2.) It is Hydrophobic.

Hydrophobic fabrics tend to repel or fail to mix with water.

According to the latest scientific study published in June 2020 by Patrick A. Guerra et. al. at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, USA, "Silkmoth caterpillars produce and use silk for spinning their cocoons; these structures consist of hydrophobic and semi-impermeable membranes that protect the developing moth residing inside from harsh environmental conditions.

In addition, protein fibers in silk have been shown to have antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Silk is an effective hydrophobic barrier to droplets, more breathable than other fabrics that trap humidity, and is readily reusable via cleaning. Therefore, silk can serve as an effective material for protecting respirators under clinical conditions and as a material for face coverings."

3.) It is Breathable and Thermoregulating.

A premium fabric like Mulberry Silk is a great option for a face mask as it is breathable because of its fine threads. Our face masks are made of two-layered 22 momme A grade silk following the guidelines for non-medical masks issued by the developed countries.

Mulberry Silk is also an excellent choice of fabric for undergarments and premium casual clothing due to its breathability factor. Who wouldn't want to sleep in silk lingerie and live in silk pajamas all day long?

4.) It is Antimicrobial.

According to a scientific study published in November 2016 by Regina Inês Kunz et al. in BioMed Research International, "The presence of highly hydrophobic amino acids and its antioxidant potential make it possible for Sericin (Protein Found in Silk) to be applied in the food and cosmetic industry.

The moisturizing power allows indications as a therapeutic agent for wound healing, stimulating cell proliferation, protection against ultraviolet radiation, and formulating creams and shampoos.

The antioxidant activity associated with low digestibility of Sericin that expands the application in the medical field, such as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent."

5.) It is Anti-Ageing.

Mulberry Silk is rich in two types of protein i.e. Fibroin and Sericin. Sericin is rich in proline, which reactivates the production of collagen fibers and restructures them. Therefore, Mulberry Silk offers anti-wrinkle effects and increases skin elasticity. Also, Sericin strengthens the skin barrier and prevents water loss as it also has moisturizing properties.

6.) It is Smooth, Soft, and Gentle.

I am a fan of history and etymology is what I begin with while researching anything. Charmeuse us the French word for 'Female Charmer'.

Silk Charmeuse is a lightweight fabric and is generally referred to as 'satin silk' by most women and retailers in India. However, Charmeuse weave is a little different in its technicalities from the plain satin weave. The fabric has a satin shiny side and dull matte sides.

The weave is what makes the fabric soft and delicate, an excellent insulator, and much more expensive than polyester satin which is what most people confuse silk charmeuse with.

7.) It is Hydrating.

Mulberry Silk contains 18 helpful amino acids as a part of Sericin and Fibroin proteins that work on keeping your hair and skin conditioned.

Here is a reference of what all those 18 amino acids are published by Fraser, R.B.D., and MacRae, T.P. in Academic Press: New York, 1973.

8.) It is Natural and Biodegradable.

Mulberry Silk starts showing the signs of biodegradation within four years of discarding, where it can also be sped up under the right conditions, and the whole material can go away in just two years.

When you compare it to synthetic materials like Polyester, Rayon, Nylon, and so on, they take up to a thousand years to start biodegrading.

9.) It is Fashionable and Functional.

Right from preventing maskne, to keeping your skin supple and hydrated, to keeping your hair frizz-free, untangled, and hydrated, Mulberry Silk is your best friend.

You can get Hair Scrunchies, Eye Masks, Face Masks, Pillowcases, Scarves, Shirts, Pants from our website. Not only do they look uber-luxurious, but they are also everyone's classic favorites!

10.) It is the Highest Quality of Silk available.

Mulberry Silk is the highest quality of silk available for purchase and what makes it unique is its process of production.

The Bombyx Mori Silkworms are fed only Mulberry Leaves, resulting in pure white long fibers of silk. It takes around 2500 cocoons to make just 450 grams of silk.

This is the reason which makes Mulberry Silk one of the most labor-intensive, specialized, durable, and luxurious silks.

Hoping that this blog helped you learn a lot more about Mulberry Silk and make a better purchasing decision. :)


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