Questions and answers about silk

What is the best way to wash silk?

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

If you follow these pointers, 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 warm
  • Silk is crease resistant
  • Silk is shiny and supple
  • Silk is very fine and absorbs well

Silk and allergies

People that are allergic to wool, can often tolerate silk and can therefore be well-protected against the cold after all.

Silk feels nice to the skin and has properties that can be compared to those of wool. Silk has a great absorption capability (a little less than wool) and offers good protection against a changing outdoor climate. Silk ventilates well and absorbs waste products.

Silk has a few more properties than wool, namely a large tensile strength, it can feel lovely and cool and it can apparently also have a favourable effect on various ailments (such as migraine, eczema and tension).

Momme, an indication of the quality of silk

‘Momme’ is a standard indication of silk, such as the indication ‘karat’ indicates the quality of gold or diamond. . The momme value of a fabric is determined by the weight of a set size of the material.

For silk bedding a momme weight of 12-16 is considered good quality, a momme value of 16-19 means very high quality.

How is the momme value determined?

A piece of fabric of 100 metre long and 45 centimetre wide is used as a norm for determining the momme weight. If the weight of that piece of fabric is 19 kilo, the momme value is 19. The higher the momme value, the heavier the silk and the more silk was used in the production process.

For silk bedding a momme value of 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 a gentlemen’s costume.

Momme weight is indicated with ‘mm’ (not to be confused with the ‘mm’ of millimetres).

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