Silk: the test of fire!

Silk: the test of fire!

By Alessandra Zappaterra

Silk: the test of fire!

Many of you would have heard of some simple methods to immediately recognize if a material is actually what is presented and sold to us. For example, my uncle told me, in order to understand if we are buying a real or fake diamond, we can try to rub the stone with emery paper and see if the stone is chipped. In that case, we are purchasing a fake diamond! The same type of test can also be done with silk.

But first, let's give some historical concerns about this fabric.

You have certainly heard of Japanese kimonos, Indian saris and Korean hanbok. Everyone has something in common: silk!


In ancient times, however, silk production was the exclusive preserve of China. No one else knew how to produce it and in China, whoever revealed the secret of silkworms risked being sentenced to death as a traitor. Of course, already at that time, it was a very expensive fabric, reserved exclusively for the richest families.

Later, Persia had the control of all the silk from China but kept the price very high. To start seeing the expansion of silk we have to wait for the Emperor Justinian. Around 550 he sent two monks to China for a secret mission. These monks returned two years later. Hidden in the hollow interior of their bamboo sticks they were carrying the treasure: silkworm eggs. The secret had been revealed, and so the silk monopoly ended.

Now, let's go back to our test! To recognize real silk from counterfeit silk, just pass a flame on the fabric. Synthetic fibers burn quickly and you can smell an unpleasant scent. Silk, on the other hand, does not burn easily and does not release toxic substances in case it catches fire.

But what other properties does luxury and pure silk have?

Resistance: A silk thread is as resistant as a steel wire of equal thickness.

Luster: The refined luster of silk resembles that of pearls. This characteristic is due to the structure of the fibroin which breaks down the light like an optical prism does.

Hypoallergenicity: The amino acids that make up silk are hypoallergenic. Indeed, silk protects against various dermatological problems. Some cosmetics are made from silk powder, for example. We sell silk hypoallergenic beddings and hypoallergenic silk pillowcase.

hypoallergenic pillowcase

Hygroscopicity: The amino acids and the tiny interstices of the silk fiber are highly absorbent and allow good perspiration, keeping the skin dry and fresh during the hot season. Silk pillowcase are incredibly good for hair and acne prevention

Protective action: Silk absorbs ultraviolet rays and therefore protects the skin.

Low static electricity: Since silk has both positive and negative ions and absorbs moisture, unlike other fibers it does not easily produce static electricity.

Now you know everything about silk good properties so, browse our products! 


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