WHY MULBERRY SILK?As one of the most well-known, time-honoured textiles, silk has garnered an esteemed reputation for its lustrous look, luxurious feel, and laudable benefits (after all, the phrase “smooth as silk” didn’t come from nowhere!) From its origins in Ancient China — where it quickly gained status as one of the most highly desired exports — to its contemporary standing as an opulent, enchanting fabric, silk goods have continued to dazzle the world round to this day.
“People are very rarely allergic to silk,” says Neal B. Schultz, MD, a New York City dermatologist. This is because silk is free of any potentially irritating added chemicals and contains natural substances that ward off various environmental allergens (and resulting skin conditions), including dust mites, mold, and fungus, he explains.
Silk is a 100% natural fiber obtained from the cocoons of silkworms. To harvest silk, the filaments are softened and unwound before being woven together to create silk threads. The lustrous quality of silk fabric is also naturally derived, as a protein called ‘fibroin’ gives the textile its luminous sheen in the presence of light.
SOFT & LUXURIOUS
Silk’s reputation as a prestigious fabric arose from its super soft hand-feel and sophisticated look. These qualities explain why silk has been synonymous with luxury for centuries over (in fact, Ancient China once restricted the use of silk to royals only!) It doesn’t irritate even sensitive skin and you feel like you are hardly wearing anything at all.
Another great feature of silk is that it’s naturally temperature regulating, meaning it's perfect for keeping you both cool in the summer and comfortable during winter. Because it's made from thin, lightweight natural fibers, silk allows for better air circulation than synthetic material, and is ideal for tempering body heat.
GLOWING COMPLEXIONThe power of luxury, the power of silk.
The tightly-woven, smooth fibers of silk help keep moisture close to the skin, says Jennifer Peterson, MD, a dermatologist at the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center in Houston. This is a great beauty tip for those with dry, flaky skin. As a bonus, she says, hydrated, plump skin cells show fewer fine lines (wrinkles!) and more luminosity than dehydrated skin cells.
YOU'LL LOOK AWESOME!Alright, less scientific sure - but still worthy. With all the awesome, fun designs possible on your silk scarves, you can really stand out from the crowd.
And it's not just the designs, scarves can be worn in so many ways! Neck, wrist, handbag, hair a multitude of ways - you may need more than one! If you need some inspiration, head to our 'Style It' page.