What is Momme? A Detailed Guide To SILK

At Peony & Mulberry we use 100% Mulberry 22 Momme 6A Grade Pure SILK

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What is Momme?
Momme is a unit of measurement, much like thread count in Cotton. The silk fibres are much thinner than the cotton fibres so a large thread count can be easily reached and alternative unit of measurement is used. 

Momme describes the silk’s weight and density. A high momme means there is more strands of silk per 100 yards of fabric, for this reason the fabric is heavier. the weight of the fabric then gives the momme.  The higher the momme number the higher the quality and the more durable the fabric is. Momme usually ranges from 11-momme to 25-momme. What you have to consider when using the silk fabric is the purpose, more often 19-momme which is much higher than a 11 Momme is still considered quite low in quality, whereas 25 Momme can be too heavy to use for bedding and clothing. 

We use 22 Momme which we think gives the perfect balance and that is the quality you should seek for bedding and clothing.

Does the grade matter?

We only use 6A Grade SILK.  The silk material is graded on an A, B, and C scale. The letters represent the quality of the silk.  The finest silk is given a grade A and the lowest given a grade C.  A number is added to take the grading a step further.  6A is the highest grade that can be achieved and so is the best quality silk you can buy. 

How is MULBERRY SILK made?

Mulberry Silk is created by silkworms who feed on mulberry leaves. They then produce the silk in their cocoons.  The best silk for textile is definitely the Mulberry Silk.  There are some other types of silk such as spider silk which is incredibly strong and incredibly expensive.  Adding the percentage figure of 100% assures you that the fabric only consists of Mulberry silk. This of course is important to point out as many other brands will mix the silk with another material to make a cheaper product.  100% pure mulberry silk which we use is so soft and durable too.

Peony & Mulberry bedding and pillowcases are made from 100% pure Mulberry 6A Grade 22 Momme silk.  Our pillowcases have amazing benefits for your hair, skin, allergies and really importantly the quality of your sleep.

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