Remember I was talking with this silk company in China earlier? Well, you can congratulate me, as I am now officially their partner in crime… I mean business. Anyhow, I will be setting up shop in this blog soon to sell some of their products, well, mostly pillows and pillowcases, which I have used for 6 months to my utmost satisfaction. A few words about the company: The company is called Lilysilk, is located in China, their silk bedding ware are fairly cheap compared to local stores (by local I mean those located in North America, and by fairly I mean about 10%-20% cheaper), and their delivery service is pretty incredible, seeing that I got my pillowcases 2 days after I placed my order. I didn’t think that was possible even with local delivery. What’s best about it though, was that it was free. Yes, you heard that correctly, they used express delivery service from China to Canada without charging me for it – now THAT, is good service.
Anyway, let me get back to the article I was trying to finish yesterday on the nature of the silk and how it benefits us silk users. Last time I gave a quick overview of the components of silk and what special properties they had, and today, I’m going to finish that up by writing about how these properties make silk the perfect bedroom material.
Moisture-regulation: The physical structure of fibroin makes it very efficient at capture water molecules. This may seem to contradict what I said in my previous article on the water absorbency of silk (how silk isn’t good at absorbing water), but that was just in comparison with cotton. There is a hollow space in the center of the silk fiber that occupies roughly 35% of the total volume of the fiber, which is used to keep the moisture the fibroins attracted and absorbed. This is the reason why silk feels cool and dry even in hot weather, because it is able to draw away excessive perspiration and keep it in the fibers, so your skin can stay dry for better heat ventilation. In drier areas however, silk’s ability to keep water allows for a higher concentration of moisture near the surface of the fiber, which is, if you happen to be wearing or sleeping in silk, near the surface of your skin as well. The end result is that your skin stays well-moisturized.
Thermal regulation: As I’ve said in yesterday’s article, fibroin is a poor heat conductor, making silk an excellent heat insulator. The warmth near your skin will be kept in place. However, when it is so warm that you are sweating, silk is able to draw away the body sweat that contains the excessive heat your body is trying to get rid of. The “heated” water will be stored in the hollow space in the middle of the silk fiber, and most of this excessive heat will then gradually dissipate. Thus, if you are hot enough to sweat, silk will help you feel cool, but if not, silk will keep you warm. Neat, huh?
Hypoallergenic: Does silk cause allergies? Short answer is, yes, it is capable of causing allergies – but then again, sunshine and water are also capable of causing allergies. It is a very rare occurrence for someone to actually be allergic to silk itself, and many people who think they are allergic to silk simply bought silk products containing allergy inducing dye chemicals. Silk, for the most part, is a great bedding material for those that are allergy-prone, for a number of reasons:
– Silk collects dust at a much slower pace than cotton, linen and other bedding materials due to having a smoother surface and tighter weave. This also includes outdoor allergens that you bring back to your bed inevitably such as grass or tree pollen. Some simple cleaning everyday during allergy season can greatly reduce your nightly exposure to allergens that come from outdoors.
– Silk repels dust mites: Silk is not a very hospitable surface for dust mites and other indoor insects, as it is speculated that dust mites and bed bugs dislike the sericin residue in silk and finely woven silk provides little chance for insects to find food as the “food”(read: dust) can’t stick. Keep in mind that dust mites and their excretions are the biggest reason of indoor allergies (notice how I did not say “one of”?), and getting rid of them will greatly reduce the chance of you or your loved ones getting allergies.
– Silk repels fungus: Research has shown silk is very resistant to fungal growth, thus making it almost immune to mold and mildew, and of course, the allergies associated with them.
For those who are already suffering from allergies, silk is also soft and lightweight, which make it the perfect material to rub your skin against when you have skin rash or eczema. The near-frictionless surface will not cause any unnecessary itches and pain.
…and that about covered everything I wanted to say today! I’m going to take a break in my next article away from all this technical stuff and write something more lighted-hearted. I’m not going to tell you what just yet – a bit of curiosity can’t hurt =)