What You Need to Know About Mulberry Silk

November 06, 2018

If we spend the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, then that means we spend about one-third of our lives (!) in our beds. With this amount of time in the same space, it’s best to make sure you have bedding that you feel good about in its comfort, cleanliness, and breathability. Our standout feature at Mulberry West is the use of certified, Grade A mulberry silk in every piece of bedding that we sell. But if you’ve never heard of mulberry silk, then you’re not alone! I actually never knew about it until I traveled to China and spent a night sleeping under the softest, most breathable bedding I’d ever experienced — which was the experience that later launched Mulberry West into the world. In this blog, we’ll explore exactly what mulberry silk is, and what makes it so very special.

What is Mulberry Silk?

The highest quality silk available in the world, mulberry silk is produced from silkworms that only feed on mulberry leaves. Because it is naturally a beautiful pearly white color and is made up of individual long fibers, it requires minimal processing, which allows it to be one of the most natural materials available for bedding. You can tell the difference between mulberry silk and less expensive Tussah, wild, or green silk because the latter are odorous and have a dingy yellow color that requires extensive chemical processing.

Antibacterial, Hypoallergenic Properties

Mulberry silk bedding is perfect for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. It naturally contains a protein called sericin, which not only makes the silk strong but also is naturally resistant to the growth of fungi like mold and mildew. And, because mulberry silk is so pure in its raw form, no chemicals are required to process it. Since Mulberry silk is stronger than steel, it won’t break down into tiny pieces that cause irritation, like down fill or feathers.

Pest Resistant

Sleeping with mulberry silk means more relief from bed bugs and dust mites, which prefer goose and duck down. The reason is that down bedding originated in cool climates, whereas silk is created in warmer climates where insects are rampant. As such, nature designed the silkworms’ cocoons to be strong and protective against pests. And since mulberry silk processing uses just water and heat, it maintains these defensive properties.

Temperature Regulation

Perhaps the most interesting and exciting feature of mulberry silk (especially for menopause sufferers) is its ability to regulate body temperature. Because mulberry silk is a porous and pure fiber, it offers strong ventilation and moisture absorption, which is what naturally regulates the body temperature. This is good news for those who are constantly adjusting their bedding, throwing it off and pulling it on, as mulberry silk keeps you cool during warmer nights and offers warmth to keep you cozy on cool nights.

Easy Maintenance

Nature is the best cleaner for mulberry silk! Simply air out Mulberry West in the sunshine for a few hours, which naturally whitens the cotton shell and rejuvenates the silk filling. If soiling occurs, you can spot clean the cotton shell or dry clean it with low heat if the soiling is heavier. It should not be machine washed or dry to keep the silk filling intact.

All these natural features make mulberry silk the absolute best choice for the ultimate sleep experience. To experience its amazing luxury, shop our collections now.



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