Besides its luxurious softness and lustrous beauty, there are benefits of silk that other fabrics, whether natural or man-made, simple cannot match. Those advantages of silk have rightly earned silk its reputation as the queen of fabrics. If “Why Silk?” is still question in your mind the following benefits of silk should remove any doubts.
- Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics.
- An all-climate fabric, silk is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperature rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments thus outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Silk worn as a second layer warms without being bulky.
- Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
- In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well.
- While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.
- Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing.
- Silk mixes well with other animal and vegetable fibers.