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    Answers about the Health Benefits of Silk for your Hair and Skin

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    Here at Mulberry Park Silks, we spend our days talking about the health, skin, hair and beauty benefits of silk. We've seen firsthand how sleeping on silk tames bed head; silk minimizes sleep wrinkles; silk helps skin retain moisture, and silk protects fragile hair from breakage. Silk sheets “breathe,” and thus regulate body temperature for more comfortable sleep in all conditions. Silk is hypoallergenic; non-irritating, and naturally resistant to dust and mites.

    You've got silk questions, we've got answers

    When it comes to silk, we're true believers. And we're not alone! The market response to our 100% mulberry silk sheets and pillowcases has been tremendous. As we connect and engage with growing numbers of clients, we're taking a moment to answer some of the questions our clients regularly ask us about all things silk.

    silk pillowcase and bedding questions and answers

    What is charmeuse?

    Charmeuse is a style of weaving silk threads into a particular pattern that creates a smooth luster on one side of the fabric and a matte finish on the reverse. There's an obvious difference in sheet between the front and back of charmeuse fabric.

    How can I protect my silk items in the wash?

    Fine mesh wash bags are highly recommended to keep your silk items safe from damage in the wash. This is particularly important if your machine has an agitator mechanism.

    Are there different grades of silk?

    Yes. Grade A Silk is the highest quality, long-strand silk from cocoons that are pearly white in color. It is very pure and can be unraveled to great lengths without breaking. This is the silk used in Mulberry Park Silks sheets and pillowcases.

    I've heard sleeping on silk is good for tangles. How?

    Silk pillowcases prevent bed head.Silk pillowcases are smooth and gentle on your hair. Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk pillowcases have much less hair friction. Silk pillowcase are ideal for protecting delicate hair or new regrowth hair.

    Is sleeping on silk good for sensitive skin?

    Yes! Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and non-irritating, which makes it an optimal choice for sensitive skin.

    Is it okay to iron my silk?

    Use only a light iron for silk. Silk should only be ironed sparingly and on the lowest setting. A light steam will allow the iron to glide gently over the fabric.

    What does momme mean and what does it indicate?

    Momme [pronounced mom-ee] is a unit of weight measurement that is used for silk (similar to thread count for other fabrics). You will see momme abbreviated as MM or mm. Silk fabric that is less than 20mm is considered lightweight, 20 to 28mm is considered medium-weight and anything above that is considered heavyweight (this is not ideal for bedding purposes). Mulberry Park Silks products are made of 19mm (equates to a 600 thread count) and 22mm silk (parallels to a 900 thread count).

    How is Mulberry silk different and/or special?

    Mulberry silk comes from cocoons of a specific species of silkworm -- Bombyx mori -- whose diet consists of leaves from the Mulberry tree. The environment of these silkworms is carefully controlled and monitored to allow the larvae to spin threads that are considered the best on Earth. These luxurious threads are finer, smoother and consistently colored than any other variety of silk. More than just beautiful, mulberry silk fibers are even stronger than steel fibers of the same diameter.

    How does silk help condition hair and skin?

    As a protein-based fiber, silk helps skin and hair retain natural moisture.

    What does Oeko-Tex mean?

    The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 was developed by European textile institutes committed to finding a way to reduce our environmental footprint. The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a global testing and accreditation program that successfully sets the standards for the screening of harmful substances in consumer textiles. Textiles can only be certified if all components meet the requirements submitted. All Mulberry Park Silks products are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified and have been tested and guaranteed to be free of all harmful substances, including toxins and irritants. This ensures that the silk products that you bring into your home are safe, natural and healthy.

    How can I determine what size fitted silk sheets to buy?

    The pocket differenceis important to understand when choosing your silk sheets. Our fitted sheets come with either 15” or 17” pockets. We recommend measuring your mattress depth. If your mattress is 14” or below, we recommend you purchase a 15” pocket sheet. Anything 15” to 17” requires a 17” pocket sheet. In most cases, pillow-top mattresses will require the 17” pocket option.

    Do you sell silk hair accessories?

    Yes. Our selection of scrunchies and scarves is a stylish way to get the benefits of silk all day long. Scrunchies won't tear at your hair the way traditional hair ties do. Scarves help your hair retain moisture and won't snag fragile or newly regrown hair.

    What does the historical term “Silk Road” mean?

    China began to trade silk outside of Asia as early as 1000 BC through a network of routes through Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Europe; these routes are known collectively as The Silk Road. The Silk Road also opened up paths for exploration from Europe to the East, most notably the Italian explorer Marco Polo who traveled the route to reach Mongolia in the 13th century.

    Are silk and satin the same thing?

    Silk and satin are NOT the same. Silk is a natural protein fiber while satin is typically made of synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon (both of which are petroleum-based). Natural silk and synthetic satin feel different against the skin. Unlike satin, silk is hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites.

    How does silk help prevent wrinkles?

    Waking with wrinkles from having facial skin bunched up on a cotton pillowcase is a common problem. Silk pillowcases minimize sleep wrinklesby reducing friction on delicate skin and helping skin retain its moisture.

    Will I feel cold/hot sleeping with silk sheets?

    Silk is naturally temperature regulating. In warm weather, silk wicks away moisture without getting damp, which keeps you cool and dry. In cold weather, silk's low conductivity means it can create a thin layer of air insulation that keeps you warm.

    Mulberry Park Silks: Accessible and Affordable Luxury

    We founded Mulberry Park Silks with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

    Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, pillowcases and accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows and hair scrunchies.