Which is the best Pure Silk Duvet Cover?

There are a few types of silk available, and the type of silk used to make a duvet cover can affect its price, performance, and feel. Becoming familiar with the different types of silk can help you find the best set. We’ll break down common types here.

  • Mulberry: The most common type of silk used for bedding, Mulberry silk has a consistent and uniform appearance and higher price-point due to the highly controlled breeding environment. Bombyx mori silkworms are fed a diet of mulberry leaves. Once the cocoon is formed, it is boiled and carefully unraveled in one continuous thread.
  • Tussah: Tussah silk is a form of wild silk. The silkworms primarily eat juniper and oak leaves before forming a cocoon. The moth emerges and breaks the continuous fiber of the cocoon. As a result, Tussah silk fibers are shorter and not as smooth.
  • Eri: Another form of wild silk, Eri silkworms mostly feed on the castor plant. Like other wild silks, the cocoon is harvested after the moths emerge, resulting in shorter fibers that are not as soft.
  • Muga: Muga silk is a wild variety of silk with a coarse feel due to the open-ended cocoon.
  • Dupion: Dupion silk is especially strong, as it is formed from double cocoons. It is durable and wrinkle-resistant, but the irregularity of the cocoons may result in an inconsistent appearance.
  • Habotai: Habotai is a plain weave pattern used with lightweight silk fabric. This type of silk is commonly used to line garments, especially kimonos.
  • Charmeuse: Charmeuse is the most common weave pattern for silk bedding. It has a shiny, lustrous side and a matte side.

Mulberry silk is widely regarded as the best. The fibers are longer and more uniform, making the fabric smoother and more durable.