Silk Matirial Guide

Here at SusanSlik, all our products are made with 100% Mulberry Silk.

What Is Mulberry Silk

Mulberry silk refers to the silk made from the cocoons of the larvae of mulberry silkworms reared in captivity. The entire production process has been carefully monitored. And the environment of the silkworm larvae is also strictly controlled.
These allow for the larvae to spin silk threads that are rounder, more excellent, smoother, lighter, and more uniformly colored than any other type of silk in the world. Mulberry silk fibers are also firm, easily beating steel fibers of the same diameter in strength and durability.

What is Momme & Thread Count

Momme is a weight measurement in silk fabric, similar to thread count in cotton sheeting. Higher momme count silk is heavier with a denser weave and thicker individual silk fibers than lower momme count silk.Thread count or threads per inch (TPI) is a measure of the coarseness or fineness of certain fabrics, most notably cotton. While it is not the definitive measurement of the quality of silk fabrics, it is good for reference when you purchase silk online.


Mommes(mm) is a unit traditionally used to measure the quality of silk fabrics. One Momme = 4.340 grams per square meter; 8 mommes is approximately 1 ounce per square yard or 35 grams per square meter.

The Density of the threads in the 25 momme variety of silk is also significantly higher than that of the 22 momme or 19 momme.

Thread Count

It is measured by counting the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric or one square centimeter, including both the length (warp) and width (weft) threads. The thread count is the number of threads counted along two sides (up and across) of the square inch, added together.

Our 25-momme silk pillowcase boasts a thread count of 750, while our 22Momme silk pillowcase has a thread count of 600+, and 19mm silk pillowcase has a thread count of only 400. More threads = more durable and expensive.

Typically, the higher the momme weight, the more durable the weave, the more luxurious the fabric is, the more suitable it is for heavy-duty use, and the longer the shelf-life. Generally, all silks can be washed, and the heavier ones can be washed repeatedly. The heavier the silk, the more opaque it becomes. Therefore, it does not mean that you must always buy silk products with higher momme weight. For instance, it would be too heavy to put on 25mm silk sleepwear for the night, but 19mm silk sleepwear is not that durable, though. In a word, it is a question of making proper choices according to your own needs.

Comparison of Silk, Satin, and Cotton


Silk fabric is made from a natural protein fiber produced from silkworms, popularly mulberry silk. Silk is a fabric that has a rich historical background and has maintained its reputation as the "Queen of Fiber".


Satin is a man-made material made up of a mixture of satin, nylon, and polyester. It usually has a glossy appearance but does not shimmer.


Cotton fabric is made from natural plant fiber around the seeds of the cotton plants. It is a strong fiber but its strength is largely affected by moisture.

Silk is a natural fiber known as the “Queen of Fibers", besides its sheen, softness, and luster, silk contains 18 kinds of amino acids that are beneficial to the human body. Silk also with outstanding tensile quality. Its high strength enables it to resist high pressure.

Satin, while also soft and smooth, being a man-made fabric is the least skin-friendly martial in comparison to the other two materials, you will not get the same benefits as silk purely down to what the fabric is made of.

Cotton is more skin-friendly compared to satin, and it's also strong. however, it leaves impressions on the skin after a while due to its coarseness. And it doesn't have qualities such as antibacterial, hypoallergenic, or thermal regulating in comparison to silk.

In essence, silk is the best material when evaluating silk vs stain vs cotton in terms of skin nutrition and hair protection. If you wish for a fabric better for your skin and health, then silk is the way to go.

Silk Identification Method

1. Recognition

Silk has a soft luster and a pearly luster, The hand feels soft and elegant, and the chemical fiber fabric has a bright and dazzling luster and a hard hand feels.

2. Dissolution

Take a little silk fiber and put it in 84 disinfectants for three to five minutes, and the fiber will dissolve and disappear; chemical fiber fabric will not dissolve.

3. Price

Silk raw materials are expensive, the current market price is 100,000 US dollars/ton, and the cost is dozens of times that of chemical fiber fabrics.

4. Fire

The burn test is the most direct way to identify genuine silk from artificial silk. Genuine silk can burn, it will self-extinguish after leaving the open flame, and there is a smell of burnt hair. The ash is gray-black, pinch it with your hands and it will turn into powder.

The Benefits of Silk

Silk is well known as the "Queen of fabrics", it has many great qualities that give it this most deserved title. Luxurious and health beneficial, here are just a few reasons to love this material.

Queen of Fibers

Silk is a natural fiber known as the “Queen of Fibers", besides its sheen, softness, and luster, silk contains 18 kinds of amino acids that are beneficial to the human body, like breathable, less friction, moisture-wicking, anti-allergy, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, anti-aging, and so on. And silk is also known as "the second skin".

Breathable & Thermal Regulating

As well as naturally regulating your body’s temperature, silk is also a great choice of fabric to wear during the summer and winter because it keeps you cool when it is hot and comfortable when it is cold. Since silk is made of natural fibers, it is ideal for controlling body temperature because it allows better air circulation due to its characteristics, The breathable nature of silk makes it excellent for wicking away moisture (better than cotton!).

Hypoallergenic & Skin Friendly

For allergy sufferers, silk is a great choice since it is one of the most hypoallergenic fabrics available. Dust mites and bacteria are prevented from growing on silk by acting like a protective layer. Additionally, silk fibers are long and non-abrasive, so brushing your skin against them will not cause skin irritation or dermatitis. Silk will also moisturize and soothes your skin and reduce hair breakage.

Durable & Long Lasting

Silk fibers are one of the strongest natural textile fibers in the world,
with outstanding tensile quality. Its high strength enables it to resist high pressure.

Most of our products are ranged from 19~25 momme, resulting in an even better durable & long-lasting quality. (the higher the momme, the more durable the silk fabric is)