DREAM SILKS Silk-Filled Duvets & Bedding

The legend of Silk production is ancient and clouded in mystery Silk is nature’s finest fibre that has, for centuries, been associated with wealth and nobility. It is highly treasured and appreciated for its smooth feel and gentle warmth.

The origin of silk production dates back to China, sometime before the third millennium BC. For centuries, the Chinese guarded the secrets of the source and production of silk zealously; smuggling of cocoons or sharing silk knowledge with outsiders was punished harshly. In AD 550, two Persian monks smuggled silkworms out of China in the hollows of their bamboo canes, These hardy worms, delivered to Constantinople, were the beginning of all varieties of silk production throughout Europe. Silk flourished in Europe until 1854, when a silkworm plague wiped out almost all of Europe’s production. Louis Pasteur discovered the cause and was able to develop a means to control the plague, but the damage was done. Countries such as Italy never fully recovered until well into the 20th century. This plague drove up the price of silk and to this day, silk remains a true luxury material, cherished around the world.

DREAM SILKS are made from the most pampered worms in existence! Producing silk involves two essential components. Number one is the care of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx Mori) from the egg stage through creation of the cocoon. Number two is the growing of Mulberry trees, whose leaves provide the food for the worms. The silkworm builds its cocoon by surrounding itself with a long continuous fibre or filament. From spinnerets in its head, two filaments are bound together to form a single filament. The two components are fibroin, a protein material, and sericin, a gummy substance that is the cement.

Silk is a continuous filament within each cocoon, having a usable length of 600 to 900 metres (2000-3000 feet). It is freed from the cocoon by softening the sericin and then locating the filament end. Modern techniques, utilize mechanical systems that reel or unwind several cocoons at the same time and twist the filaments together. Several silk strands twisted together form a thicker, stronger yarn. Various yarns are produced, differing by the amount of fibres and the different twists that are used.

Silk containing sericin is called raw silk. To remove the gummy substance, the silk is boiled in soapy water. What remains is a yarn which is very soft and lustrous. This is the stage at which we purchase our silk for Dream Silks. Silk in this form is completely non-allergenic and resistant to mold, dust mites and mildew. It is incredibly strong — having a tensile strength greater than steel of the same thickness.

Things to avoid that can damage silk include bleach, high heat and prolonged exposure to sunlight (UV rays). Because of the durability and ease of care, silk quilts and comforters have been known to last a lifetime. Many Chinese seniors still have theiroriginal silk they were given as children. “Nothing compares to putting it on the bed, and using it!” P. Lynch – Ontario, CA

DREAM SILKS Have you used silk before?

We use 100% Cotton, mercerized Percale — a 233 thread count outer shell with 100% long strand, unbleached silk for filling. Silk in this form can run up to 1500 – 2000 feet in length and long strand silk in a Duvet runs top to bottom and side to side. We then bind the end of the Duvet and sew it into squares to prevent shifting, moving and clumping (which often happens with polyester or feather filled duvets).

Silk is designed to last between 50 to 100 years, which is why Select Marketing Canada offers a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. Our Dream Silks™ product lines consist of Silk Duvets (Comforters), Mattress and Pillow Covers. All of our products are completely machine washable. We do recommend using a front-loading washing machine to prevent wear and tear of the cotton. Machine wash in cold water using a mild detergent, such as Woolite, Zero, or Baby’s own. Oxi Clean may be used to brighten the white cotton. You can then dry your Duvet by hanging it indoors. If hanging out side; you must make sure that it is not in direct sunlight. The sun’s heat and UV rays can damage the silk. You can also dry your duvet in your dryer using an air fluff or cold air setting (this can take several hours).

Dream Silks  and Good Health

Silk has become a part of a health conscious consumer’s lifestyle. People are eating and enjoying more active lifestyles. Our children are exposed to elements not experienced by our generation. Asthma and allergies seem much more prevalent today Silk is strong and does not deteriorate and create dust. Since it is an excretion of an animal, no bug will live in another bug’s excretion, which is why dust mites do not like silk. No matter how clean you are, dust mites live and breed in our pillows, mattresses and of course you’re bedding. Silk is the only natural fibre that is recognized as being non-allergenic.

You will notice the difference in thickness and weight when comparing silk to other types of bedding. The main concern customers have is .. Will something this light keep them warm? Yes! Dream Silks™ duvets are literally half the thickness and half the weight, but the difference is that Silk breathes. You only need a certain thickness for silk to keep your body warm. Other forms of bedding trap the heat and,  instead of the heat escaping, it builds up causing you to overheat. This leads to on-again, off-again pattern of sleep and general restlessness. Silk reflects your own body heat and because it breathes you feel completely cozy and warm. Once you sleep with a Dream Silks™ Duvet you’ll never sleep without it again!

DREAM SILKS Features & Benefits

  • Non-Allergenic

  • Breathable

  • Lightweight

  • Washable (in cold water)

  • No costly Dry Cleaning Bills

  • 10-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

  • Available in popular North American sizes

 

Quality & Durability – Trust DREAM SILKS

We use only the highest grade of raw silk available. The only things that will ever change the texture of silk are extreme heat and/or harsh chemicals such as bleach.

Just remember NO HEAT, NO BLEACH.

For more information on the care and use of DREAM SILKSTM or to make a purchase call 1 800 361 8723 or visit www.selectmarketinginc.com.

 

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