Benefits of silk
As well as its luxurious softness and dazzling lustre, there are various other benefits of silk that other fabrics cannot match. These advantages have earned silk its deserved reputation as queen of fabrics.
Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics, and so is ideal for those with very sensitive skins.
An all-climate fabric: silk is remarkably warm for a fine fabric, but also comfortably cool when the temperature rises. Silk garments thus outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter.
Silk is highly absorbent and efficient at wicking away moisture from the body. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp.
Silk is resistant to fire; it does not burn easily or quickly and does not melt at high temperatures as do some synthetic materials.
Silk takes dye well, achieving brilliant, vibrant colours. It also washes and dries easily and quickly and develops an attractive softness in look and feel over time.
Silk is the strongest natural fibre, easily competing with steel in tensile strength. The medieval Japanese wore soft body armour made from silk to protect themselves from the arrows and swords of their enemies. More recently, body armour made from 16 layers of thin silk have been found to be as effective as kevlar vests against 9 mm bullets.
When folded or bundled up, silk occupies a remarkably small space. A normal size silk scarf can always be pulled very easily through a finger ring. This made it ideal for secret maps which were concealed in clothing in the 2nd World War. Today it means your silk garments will take up very little room or weight in your suitcase!
Silk is one of the lightest of all natural fibres and gives a beautiful, floaty appearance when used in dresses, saris, kimonos and nightwear etc.