Ever since silk arrived in Europe from China many hundreds of years ago, it has been regarded as the most luxurious, smoothest, and beautiful of fabrics. It is cool to the touch, yet keeps you warm. Silk shimmers in the light in a singular way which has always fascinated and challenged artists. It is light, nothing is smoother to the touch, and yet it is very tough and hard-wearing.
Despite centuries of innovation in the manufacture of fabric, and the use of exotic plants and animal fur from around the world, silk has maintained its status. But while silk products were once exclusively worn and used by only the very rich, silk bed clothes are now available at a price which all can afford.
Silk is spun by silkworms which feed on mulberry leaves. Everyone is familiar with it as a fabric, and the feel of silk sheets is bliss in itself. However, less familiar is silk floss, the unspun mass of threads which is used to fill silk duvets and which, ounce for ounce, has more power to retain more warmth than goose down. One of the distinctive attributes of silk as a bedding material is the way it keeps your body at just the right temperature, and is often likened to a natural thermostat. You don’t throw off a silk duvet complaining of the heat, and yet you will not feel cold under one!
There are many other reasons why silk is good for your night’s sleep. Silk is resistant to dust and to dust mites - that is good news for everyone, but especially for asthma sufferers. Silk contains many amino acids in common with the human body, and the Chinese – who have had 5000 years to appreciate silk – believe that as a result it has many health-giving properties in activating skin cells and warding off a range of illnesses.