Great Benefits of Silk Fabric
In this article I want to talk about benefits of silk which is appreciated not only for beauty and durability but also for its health rewards.
Hey, and what is the place of real Silk in this diversity of products?
The interesting thing is that Silk as a natural fiber and a fabric is getting lost in this great variety of modern creations that have almost nothing to do with the primary product which was in the beginning of all of them.
How many silk garments do you have? Do you sleep on silk bedding? The truth is that most of us don’ t have many things made from 100% pure silk fabric.
Natural silk is not a cheap fabric. But the high price is fully justified in my opinion.
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To quote Oscar de la Renta, “Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand.”
1. Silk fabric has incredibly smooth surface, is extremely soft and pleasant to touch. It doesn’t irritate even sensitive skin and you feel like you are hardly wearing anything at all. It caresses your body in softness. When I sleep on a silk sheet and a silk pillowcase I wake up feeling like I slept on a cloud.
2. Silk is free of any chemicals and contains only natural substances. Silk fiber is similar to human hair. It is 97% protein, 3% fat and wax, it has 18 amino acids, which have a positive effect on a person’s skin.
3. Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. It doesn’t attract dust mites and resist dust, fungus, mold and some other allergens.
4. Silk helps decrease skin’s loss of moisture and because of this promotes rejuvenation of the skin, prevents to some degree effects of aging and relieves dry, flaky skin conditions by locking moisture in and ensuring it stays on your skin.
5. Silk keeps you cool on hot days and preserves your body heat in the cold. It perfectly adjusts to the body temperature and provides thermal balance.
Check out my sewing tutorials below – you can read more about silk eye mask benefits and silk underwear benefits and make these great DIY projects.
6. Silk is highly absorbent and dries fast. It absorbs moisture up to 30% of its own weight and remains dry to the touch. At the same time silk thread simply increases in size, and good air circulation promotes rapid evaporation of excessive moisture. So silk fabric absorbs perspiration while letting the skin breathe.
7. Silk bedding helps keep hair moisturized and free of tangles, on silk pillowcase hair will not bunch and knot but will glide over the surface instead.
8. Silk fabric is prized for its shimmering appearance and doesn’t lose its natural sheen with time.
9. Silk doesn’t create static electricity easily, so it doesn’t cling to your body and an iron when you press it.
You should probably check out my sewing tutorials below on making easy robes (without a pattern!) from silk. They are very easy projects even for a beginner and I have also YouTube videos for these projects.
10. Silk is very strong natural fiber in spite of its delicate appearance. The strength of a silk thread is equal to the strength of a steel wire of the same diameter. So the fabric is really durable and retains its beauty for years.
11. Silk is really versatile. It is perfect for a variety of uses – from casual clothing, cozy bedding and timeless accessories to formal attire, evening wear and even parachutes and rugs. It takes color well, mixes well with other natural fibers like cotton, wool and linen.
12. Silk fiber is naturally elastic and can stretch up to 20% without breaking.
13. Most of silk fabrics are easy to work with in sewing and surprisingly easy to care for (except silk chiffon, georgette and charmeuse)
I have many more tutorials on sewing with silk (because this is the fabric of my choice). Check some of them below.
The technology of making the silk thread is unique – it is obtained by unwinding the miniature cocoons of silkworms. The secret to the manufacture of silk for a long time was known only in China. Despite the fact that now silk fabric is made in India, Brazil, and other countries, China remains to this day the largest producer of silk.
From silk fabric we can sew practically everything: women’s clothing (blouses, skirts, jackets, trousers, dresses); men’s clothing (shirts, ties); underwear (corsets, briefs, bras, panties); accessories ( hair clips, neck scarves); bed linen (pillowcases, sheets, duvet covers); home décor (napkins, tablecloths, decorative pillows) and upholstery, etc. Silk garments are suitable for everyday wear, office work, and for various formal events.
This is the image of my silk fabric collection. I don’t really like to use the word “stash” in this case as I see most people are using for their fabric accumulation. It has some negative nuance somehow (an amount of something stored secretly for future use ), like stash of cigarettes, stash of drugs, etc. So I prefer to say instead of stash – my material wealth!