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We ♥ Silk

Silk is Regal. Silk is Luxurious. Silk is Exquisite.

Silk is a one of the most sought after fabrics in the world. It is a timeless textile that is both luxurious and healthful. For years fabrics made by this natural fiber were considered a luxury destined for only those who could afford its exclusivity and high price. Mulberry Park Silks was created because we believe beautiful silk items should be enjoyed by everyone. We started our company with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items available and offer our beautiful products at an affordable price. After a year of meeting with silk manufactures throughout the world, we were satisfied that we had found the right manufacturing partners to help our vision become a reality. All of our products are made with 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our pillowcases have been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

As we continue to meet with our manufacturing partners, we will be introducing more beautiful silk products in the months to come.

We are delighted to have you as our customer and invite you to contact us if you have any product feedback or questions.

Call: 866-352-4522     Email: mary@mulberryparksilks.com

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Silk Care Instructions

It's a common misconception that silk is difficult to take care of. Silk is actually quite easy to care for and only requires an extra bit of attention. You want to make sure to wash silk in cold water, and this can be done by hand or in a washing machine on a delicate cycle. We highly recommend using a mesh laundry bag in the washing machine as there can be tiny pieces of plastic or material inside your machine that have gotten nicked by zippers and you may not even know it.

Use a delicate detergent that is not full of harsh chemicals (this can be said for any laundry). Something that is more natural based will extend the life of your silk products. You can hang your silk to dry; it doesn’t take too long at all since the fabric is quite lightweight. Or you can put it in a dryer on the lowest heat setting for a short period of time. Don’t keep it in for the full drying cycle, again, it dries very quickly and you don’t want to over expose it to unnecessary heat.

After washing, silk can lose a little of its original luster. This is normal. If it has lost All luster you possible used too much detergent and it left a coating, or check to make sure it’s not just inside out. If you want to restore the sheen, a cool-warm iron will bring it right back to life. Using a steam setting can help the iron to glide smoothly across the fabric. Spot treat stains carefully since some stain removal products can cause discoloration to the fabric.

Silk Care Basics:

Only Use a PH Neutral Detergent: Because silk is a natural fiber, washing silk fabrics in a detergent that is too acidic or that consists alkaline will cause the delicate fibers of silk to harden. Make sure your detergent clearly reads that it has a “Has a Neutral PH.” This will help maintain the integrity of the fabric with every wash.

Use a Fine Mesh Wash Bag: Investing in a laundry wash bag will certainly help to keep your silk items from tearing, especially if you use a washing machine that has an agitator mechanism. The light fabric of silk can sometimes caught underneath the agitator causing it to tear and pull. These agitators can also have tiny cuts in the plastic caused by other laundry items such as zippers of buttons. Wash bags will help to keep your item from getting caught. For best results we recommend a fine mesh wash bag.

Do Not Wash In Hot Water: High temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius) can damage silk significantly. It is best to wash all silk products in cold water.

Do Not Use Bleach: Using bleach will harm the silk fabric and cause yellowing to occur.

Do Not Use Fabric Softener:  The natural thread fibers of silk combined with the specialized charmeuse weaving technique creates the softest silk products available. There is no need to add fabric softener to the wash as this will only create a residue on the delicate fabric.

Do Not Dry Clean: While dry cleaning won’t damage the silk fabric in any way, there is no reason to incur the extra expense of having our silk items dry cleaned. If machine washing is not an option, then we recommend hand washing instead with a small amount of detergent.

Hang Drying:   While our silk products are safe for use in the dryer with low heat, some dryers do not allow for a low tumble setting. To help preserve the integrity of the fabric, we recommend hang drying as an alternative. Place the item on a non-slip hanger and simply air dry. The drying time should only take about 45 minutes depending on the temperature condition of the area.

Tumble Machine Dry: If you prefer to machine dry, then tumble dry using a no-heat setting.

Do Not Use Dryer Sheets: We do not recommend using a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet will only add a wax coating to the fabric and will not help to prevent the fabric from being wrinkled.  

Do Not Use Dryer Balls: Dryer balls are sets of balls, either wool or spiky plastic, used to help soften fabrics without chemicals in a tumble clothes dryer. The use of these balls can cause tearing of the delicate silk fabric.

Light Iron Only: All silk products wrinkle after washing however, after a few nights of using them, the silk threads will start to relax and straighten. If you prefer to iron your pillowcases, we recommend doing so only using the lowest setting available. A steam setting will help the iron to glide more smoothly over the fabric.

We Recommend This Laundry Wash From

           

Heritage Park Fine Fabric Wash: This is the ultimate washing detergent for all luxury textiles like silk and linen fabrics. It is gentle on fabric yet cleans effectively without causing any damage. This specialized formula contains powerful cleaning enzymes that will remove the toughest of stains on any fabric. It has a neutral PH that will help to maintain the integrity of all silk fabrics.

What is “Mulberry Silk”?

The term Mulberry refers to silk that comes from cocoons of a specific species of silk worm, aptly called the Mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori). This mainly is due to their diet that consists of leaves from the Mulberry tree. The environment of these silkworms in captivity is carefully controlled and monitored to allow the larvae to spin threads that are considered the finest in the world. These luxurious threads are finer, smoother and consistently colored than any other variety of silk. These fibers are exceptionally strong, even more so than steel fibers of the same diameter.

What does “Charmeuse” mean?

Charmeuse is a style of weaving the silk threads into a particular pattern that creates a luxurious luster on one side of the fabric, while the reverse is a more matte finish. If you look at between the front and back of the fabric, you will see a clear difference in the sheen.

What is “Momme”?

Momme is a form of weight measurement that is used for silk, often compared to how other fabrics are measures in thread count. Pronounced “mom-ee” and abbreviated as “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 silk that equates to a 600 thread count and 22mm silk that parallels to a 900 thread count.

Why is Silk Good for Hair and Skin?

Regardless of your hair type, if your hair resembles a birds nest when you wake up it's due to one main reason...."Friction against your pillowcase or sheets!" Your case maybe causing you a ton of unnecessary hair work in the morning if it's made out of the wrong material AKA cotton.

"Most bath towels are made of cotton because of it's ability to absorb moisture. It's really good at it. While that's great when you are trying to dry off after getting out of the shower, you don't want your pillowcase sucking all the moisture and healthy oils out of your hair." - Jerra Nicole From New York's William Tricomi Salon

A Cotton Pillowcase Is Like A Reverse Conditioner For Your Hair!

...this drying issue becomes an even bigger deal if your the type guy or gal that is prone to frizz, breakage, fly-aways, have coarse hair, or wirey curls.Silk allows hair to retain moisture that promotes more healthy and even growth.

If the drying wasn't bad enough, cotton has a relatively high friction level when compared to silk fabric. Oh yeah, remember that part where cotton likes to absorb moisture. It doesn't discriminate. It will suck the moisture right out of your skin as well. Kiss the expensive moisturizer good buy if your face touches the pillow. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites and does not pick up as much pore-clogging bacteria as cotton does. This makes silk an ideal option for those with acne or breakout prone skin. Because of silk’s smooth, soft surface, delicate skin and hair follicles gently glide across the surface making it perfect for those with sensitive skin or conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis.

High friction means more gnarls in your hair and more sleep wrinkles.

Why is Silk safer than Cotton or Polyester fabric?

Being a protein based fiber, silk does not burn in the same way that cotton or synthetics. Silk burns very slowly and is more resistant to even light. It is self-extinguishing and gives out little or no smoke. Mulberry Park Silks uses only environmentally friendly dyes and all products are OEKO-TEX Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Silk versus Satin, What’s the difference?

Silk is a natural protein fiber while Satin is typically made of synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon. Polyester is essentially a fabric that is created from oil and has the same chemical composition as plastic bottles. Synthetic Satin and Natural Silk have a very different feel against the skin. Polyester Satin is more slippery with a distinct texture while Natural silk is softer in feel and the Charmeuse weave offers a more subtle reduction in friction. Unlike Synthetic fabrics, Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites.

Why is Silk Recommended for Patients of Chemotherapy?

During chemotherapy and radiation treatments hair follicles are poorly affected which causes hair to fall out during treatment. During treatment or afterwards when hair begins to grow back, those hair follicles are extremely fragile and susceptible to breakage. Cotton, being naturally absorbent, pulls out vital moisture that hair needs in order to grow during this crucial time. Cotton also creates friction, which causes the hair to weaken, dry out or break. Delicate hair can catch in cotton fibers, causing them to split and break. With Natural Silk, because of its smooth, soft surface, delicate hair follicles gently glide across the surface of the pillowcase. Silk allows new hair to retain moisture that promotes more healthy and even growth. Silk pillowcases are wonderful gifts for someone you love going through this difficult time.



Cornucopia - Organic Cancer Support

Are you going through treatment or know someone who is?

Cornucopia is a wonderful and unique new company that is devoted to empowering those who are fighting their battle against cancer. Their wellness boxes offer healthy, organic product alternatives that provide a non-toxic environment promoting natural healing. Mulberry Park Silks could not be more honored to have our 100% pure silk pillowcases included in their Chemo Care Packages.

Is Silk from China Really of Good Quality?

The largest supplier in the world of silk yarn is of course, China.

A little story for you…

According to Ancient Chinese myth, the first silk fabric was founded by Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, the wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor who is said to have ruled China in about 3,000 BC. Legend has it that she was sipping tea under a mulberry tree when a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. The empress became so enamored with the glistening threads; she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm. She found that the strands they created to make the cocoons was extremely strong and could produce a long, even thread. She is often referred to as The Goddess of Silk. Thus began the history of silk.

First reserved for only Chinese royalty, silk spread both geographically and socially and is still to this day a strong part of Chinese culture. Demand for this exotic fabric created the highly sought after trade commodity that still exists. With the mulberry silk moth being native to China, the Chinese had a tight hold on the world's silk trade until about 200BC. By about 300AD, silk production had spread into India, Japan, and Persia.

Today, around 125,000 metric tons of silk is produced throughout the world and almost two thirds of that that takes place in China.

So yes, all that said, Silk from China is of the highest quality as the Chinese has been cultivating and weaving silk for thousands of years. If fact, many silk products that are listed from European countries are actually made of either raw silk from China that is loomed in other locations, or already loomed fabric that is simply sewn into the finished product elsewhere.

My Silk Ripped! How Could This Have Happened?

While silk is very strong and quite durable, once the strands are compromised by a small tear, it can quickly become a big problem. Use extra precaution when laundering your silk as small nicks in the plastic parts of your washing machine or dryer can catch on the fabric. We always recommend using a mesh laundry bag. When using your silk item, be careful of things such as rings, earrings and other jewelry, zippers, Velcro or hooks on clothing, and any other sharp surfaces. Other considerations are rough skin (especially on feet), long or broken nails (hands or feet) and pets. Facial hair or general hair stubble can cause possible pilling over time that can wear and thin the fabric in areas and can lead to tears. Besides tears in your silk, other damage can occur without proper care. Bodily fluids may be unavoidable (drool or otherwise); spot treat accordingly before laundering for the best results. Stains do not constitute product defects and stained items will never be accepted as returns.

What does OEKO-Tex Mean and Why is it Important?

The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 was developed by European textile institutes who were 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, ensuring that the silk products that you bring into your home are safe, natural and healthy.