Silk is a luxurious material, and sleeping on silk sheets is a true pleasure if you can get the whole set in one go. However, you could also start smaller and opt for pure silk pillowcases and later upgrade to full bedding. In fact, the pillowcases could even give you a good understanding whether silk is the right material for you. It is not a simple fabric and there are many things to bear in mind while selecting. In addition to picking your pattern, be it either flashy floral or an understated white silk pillowcase, the important factors to consider include types of silk, weight, thread count, and other tiny details that matter.
What are the Different Types of Silk?
100 percent silk pillowcases are not all from the material, although they all feel very smooth. There are differences between the many types of silk.
- Mulberry silk: Most silkworms feed on mulberry leaves and thus the majority of silk pillowcases are from this type, which is also the softest silk available. If you want to be completely sure you have a true mulberry silk pillowcase, double check the specifications.
- Charmeuse: The front of charmeuse fabric has a lustrous satin finish, whereas the back side has a dull finish. Charmeuse could be either from synthetic material, such as polyester, or silk. If buying satin pillowcases, make sure they are from silk because this material breathes better than synthetic alternatives.
What Should I Know about Silk Weight and Thread Count?
Silk fabric is very light, yet strong material and thus it measures by weight, not thread count. The unit of measurement for silk is called momme and it is expressed with a number.
- Lighter silk: Momme numbers between 8 and 16 indicate a lighter silk fabric. This is mainly for clothing.
- Heavier silk: If the momme number is closer to 30, this silk fabric is best appropriate e for upholstery and draperies.
- Optimum momme: 22 is the magic momme number for silk pillowcases. Such silk is durable, withstands machine washing, wrinkle resistant, and feels luxurious to touch.
How Do I Select Quality Silk Pillowcases?
With such small items as pillowcases, small details matter. These are the difference between simple and luxurious bedding items.
- Stitching: The stitches of a pillow case should be even and the needle holes almost invisible. The fabric should not be puckering in any place.
- Design details: Deep cuffs and beautiful French seams make for elegant pillowcases.