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Though silk has great structural and tensile strength, the garments into which it is woven are often delicate in nature. The intense motion and heat of machine washing and drying will harm most silk fabrics, causing threads to weaken and break.
There are silk garments, however, that have been designed in such a way that makes machine washing possible. Most washable silk products are composed of extra sturdy weaving patterns that keep threads intact no matter what they’re put through. Silks can also be made machine washable by giving them an intense sand wash, dulling the fibers but binding them more strongly together.
Our garments are made with mulberry silk, silk produced by mulberry silkworms as they create their cocoons. Mulberry silk is the only natural silk product that contains sericin and has all of the properties listed above, making it the best option for creating the perfect silk pajamas.
Silk pajamas aren’t just for looking good; they also have a number of advantages over traditional pajama materials. Silk pajamas are good for your skin and they can even help you sleep better through temperature regulation. Read on to dive deeper into the benefits of silk sleepwear.
Pajamas, by their nature, can have an outsized impact on skin health. Firstly, you wear them for anywhere from a quarter to a half of an entire day, sometimes even more. Any outfit worn that much is all but guaranteed to play a big factor in determining your skin’s health. Moreover, pajama outfits cover large portions of the body. Between a top, shorts or pants, and a possible sleeping mask, a significant amount of skin is being exposed to whatever material your pajamas are made of.
So if the material your pajamas are made of is so important, what makes silk the right candidate for you? The answer lies in silk’s makeup. Silk contains a protein called sericin which can help promote skin elasticity and prevent wrinkles. Sericin, also known as silk amino acids, is a common ingredient in anti-aging skincare products. You can think of sleeping in genuine silk pajamas as applying a very thin layer of night cream to your skin as you sleep — the natural properties of silk can help rejuvenate just like some popular products can.
Silk also helps keep your skin moisturized as you sleep. Cotton and some other materials draw water from the skin, effectively acting as a mild dehydrator. Silk does not, instead keeping your skin’s natural hydration levels constant. Silk is also hypoallergenic, meaning that it sidesteps some of the irritation that can come alongside other garment materials.
Though products made with satin weaves are often highly breathable and make for great pajamas, satin products not made with silk miss out on all of silk’s natural benefits. Those interested in seeing the effects that sericin can have on the skin should opt for silk products over satin.
Silk’s structure helps prevent it from becoming bunched as you toss, turn, or move around. This makes for a more comfortable sleeping experience overall, as it safeguards against your pajamas becoming twisted, cramped, or rolled up in uncomfortable ways. Though silk can become wrinkled, these wrinkles will rarely lead to larger bunches unlike in cotton and can be easily removed through streaming.
Silk is an excellent thermoregulator, meaning that it’s very good at letting thermal energy flow both ways. Put simply, this means that silk pajamas act as a natural heat pump for your body — keeping heat trapped when it’s cold and letting it escape when it’s too warm. This makes silk a great pajama material for people who experience nighttime hot flashes or for anyone who struggles staying warm after the sun sets.
For all of its benefits, silk does bring along with it the complication of usually requiring intricate care. Bear in mind, though, that silk products marked as “washable” can be treated similarly to any other delicate garment — they can be machine washed and laid out to dry.
Washable silk items can be washed on a delicate setting. If they’re not washable, silk pajamas can be cleaned in a few different ways. The most popular is via dry cleaning, but there are also more convenient and less expensive options to choose from. High quality silk can be gently hand-washed and left out to dry. Lower quality silk will become damaged more easily by water, making dry cleaning the only real option. Unless marked otherwise, silk pajamas cannot be tumble dried. Our silk items are all made of washable silk.
By using water that isn’t too hot and a washing method that’s sufficiently gentle, you can regularly wash your silk pajamas without worrying about any damage. Be sure not to use any bleach, though, as bleach can stain silk and weaken its tensile strength. You’ll want to turn it inside out and place it in a garment bag during washing. You can then place the pajamas on a line to dry.
Non-washable silk pajamas should be left out to dry, but don’t leave them out in direct sunlight for too long — prolonged sun exposure can cause fibers to weaken and colors to fade.
Silk pajamas can and should be steamed. While washable silk pajamas can typically withstand the heat of an iron, other silks may not fare well under such intense direct heat. Steaming is a good way to get rid of the unavoidable wrinkles that appear in silk garments. You can, however, cool iron your silk pajamas.
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