The wonderful properties of silk that you must know about
Not only is Silk one of the strongest natural fabrics in the world, but there are many other properties of silk that make it great. Read on to discover why so many people still can’t get enough of this luxurious fabric.
Strong, elastic and flexible
The look and feel of silk is pure luxury. When you first touch silk fabric you may get the impression that it is a fragile fabric due to its softness and light weight qualities, however, silk is actually one of the strongest and most flexible fabrics in the world. Part of the strength of silk comes from its long fibres. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are made from short plant fibres that are spun together to make longer threads. Silk is made from the cocoon of silkworm larvae which produces continuously long threads that are harder to tear apart. The strands are made up of protein molecules that are tightly aligned together giving it its strength and elasticity. Even though silk strands are thinner than human hair, each one is very strong.
Silk has been used to make things such as parachutes and hot air balloon canopies. It is also said to be comparable to steel in terms of strength. Spider silk is the toughest fibre found in nature, it can absorb more energy than steel or nylon and can also be used to make bulletproof vests. Clothing made out of silk are also good at maintaining shape due to its flexible nature. This allows silk to pull itself back into shape after being stretched. Resilient, strong and long-lasting. Silk has the ability to last for years with proper care.
Absorbent and fast drying
Silk is one of the most absorbent natural fabrics. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Its absorbency gives silk great moisture-wicking properties. Easily wicking away moisture from the skin, it leaves you dry and at the perfect temperature all day long. Silk will absorb perspiration whilst letting your skin breathe. The drying speed of silk makes it highly practical when going about your day and give an advantage while doing laundry because it dries quickly. Due to its high absorption, silk is amazing for dyeing and printing. Wonderfully vivid colours and sharp patterns can be produced that last long and requires much less water and chemical dying than other fabrics.
Breathable and antibacterial
Wearing or sleeping in heavy, synthetic fabrics can cause your body temperature to rise. This is because warm air is trapped against your skin with no way to escape. Silk is a great thermal regulator, it is good at maintaining body temperature by providing proper air circulation. The light weight and breathability properties of silk reduce the risk of overheating during the summer while still being able to keep you warm during the winter. Silk is a great fabric to wear or sleep in all year round due to its thermo regulation.
Shiny and soft
Defined by its lustre, the smoother types of silk such as Charmeuse softly catches and reflects light and is smooth to the touch. Unlike Mulberry silk, Charmeuse silk refers to the way in which the silk threads created by the silkworm larvae are woven together. Charmeuse silk is often used for silk bedding as it provides a lustrous satin finish on the surface, with a dull back. It is a look that is hard to replicate using synthetic fabrics. Indeed, synthetic silk tends to look shiny instead of lustrous. Genuine silk is always lustrous, never shiny. Smooth, soft and incredibly comfortable. It has an excellent drape and has lustre and sheen without it being too slippery or clingy to the body.
Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial
Silk is perfect for sensitive skin due to its softness. It is naturally hypoallergenic and provides a friction-free, lightweight and breathable layer protecting you from all the elements. Silk can also protect you from pesky mosquitoes! Silk fabric is difficult for insects to penetrate through, meaning it will leave you bite-free during those summer months.
Despite its durability, silk is biodegradable. This means that it can be broken down naturally by micro-organisms. If silk items do happen to end up in landfills, they will be broken down. Silk can be broken down in 1-2 years, making it an eco-friendly choice.
Silk is an incredible natural material that is better for the environment and your skin. It is strong, easy to care for and good for your skin. Whilst being truly versatile, silk is a timeless textile with a variety of uses that will retain its beauty for years to come. Silk pieces have the ability to be passed down from generation to generation which is something we are strong believers in. Investing in silk clothing is better for the environment and will save you money in the long run.
Silk is a protein fibre that comes from silkworms. It is a versatile fabric that is used for all sorts of clothing and accessories from scarves to shirts. Check out our silk thermals range if you would like to experience this stunning fabric for yourself!