Type of Silk to Use for Pillow Cases

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Type of Silk to Use for Pillow Cases
Silk is used as pillowcases for its softness and quality. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Silk pillowcases and bedding make for luxurious sleeping. Many women choose to use silk pillowcases because it is gentler on the skin and hair, preventing wrinkles. Silk is very soft when compared to cotton and other pillowcase material. However, there are many different types of silk. The quality, softness, colour, shine and price depend on the type of silk used to create the pillowcase.

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Mulberry Silk

Mulberry silk is made from silkworms that are only fed mulberry leaves, resulting in strong and very fine silk. Pillowcases made of mulberry silk are very gentle on your hair and face when sleeping. This type of silk is also hypoallergenic and odourless; the pillowcase does not need to be periodically aired out, to remove any odour. Low quality silk may have a slight fishy odour if the gum from the silk cocoon has not been completely removed. High quality silk, such as mulberry, is completely degummed. This is the most expensive type of silk as it is the highest quality. Sheets and pillowcases can be found that are made of 100 per cent mulberry silk.


Charmeuse silk is the finest of all silks and along with mulberry silk is a high quality silk. This type of silk pillowcase is known for its high shine and lustre, its softness and breathability. The smoother fabric allows the face to slide on the fabric instead of setting in and wrinkling. The smoothness of this silk also reduces friction on the hair and reduces breakage. Charmeuse pillowcases are recommended for individuals who have brittle and damaged hair.

Tussah Silk

Tussah silk is wild silk; therefore it is not as uniform as cultivated silk. This type of silk is also known as raw silk and the colour may be uneven. Tussah silk is less expensive than other types of silk as it is made of mulberry leaves as well as other food and plants. Silk pillowcases can help preserve hairstyles as they are cooler and prevent perspiration. This type of silk is not as durable as Mulberry silk so be aware that your pillowcases will not last as long as other types of silk pillowcases.

Muga Silk

Muga silk is made from silkworms that live in Assam. This is very durable and colourful silk. The silk comes in various shades of gold and yellow. It cannot be dyed because the fibres have low porosity. While Muga silk is typically used for saris, it is also used for bedding and pillowcases. Muga silk is so durable that many times the silk outlasts the owner.

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