DREAM SILKS – Luxurious, Silk-filled Bedding

The legend of Silk production is ancient and clouded in mystery. Silk is nature’s finest fiber that,  for centuries, has been synonymous with excellence, opulence, durability and mystery. Once only available to nobility, it is highly treasured and appreciated for its smooth feel and gentle warmth.  Silk is recognized as a symbol of good taste and well-being.

The origin of silk production is on record as existing in China sometime before the third millennium BC.  For many centuries the Chinese guarded the secrets of the source and production of silk zealously.  Smuggling of cocoons or imparting knowledge outside of the country by foreigners was dealt with swiftly and 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 of control for the plague, but the damage was done. Countries such as Italy didn’t fully recover until well into the 20th century. This plague greatly increased the value of silk and, to this day, it remains an important luxury material worldwide. Silk production is a staple economic  resource  for China and is an important product in Japan, Thailand, and Italy.

 

Introducing … The most spoiled worm in existence!

Producing silk involves two essential components: 1. the care of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx Mori) from the egg stage through creation of the cocoon and 2. 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 the locating the filament end. Sometimes when tourists visit silk factories,  the manufacturer will take the silk strand and manually stretch it out to its full length by having numerous people gently string it out (2000 + feet). 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 used.

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

The key things to avoid that can damage silk are 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 their original 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 experienced silk before?

Dream Silks use 100% mercerized cotton at a 233 thread count outer shell and 100% long strand 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. The end of the Duvet is bound and sewn into squares, to prevent shifting, moving and clumping (which can occur with polyester or feather filled duvets).

Silk is designed to last between 50 to 100 years, which is why Select Marketing Canada Ltd. offers a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty* against manufacturing defects . Our Dream Silks™ product line consists of Duvets, Mattress Pads and Pillow Covers. All of our products are machine washable. We recommend using a front-loading washing machine, to prevent wear and tear of the cotton. Machine wash in cold water using a mild detergent suitable for delicates, such as Woolite, Zero, or Baby’s own. Oxi Clean may be used to brighten the white cotton. You can dry your Duvet by hanging it indoors. If hanging out side; you must make sure that it is not under 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).

If you have any questions concerning the care and cleaning of your Dream Silks, please call us during regular business hours, Toll Free, at 1 800 361 8723. Exposing your Dream Silks to heat, harsh chemicals/detergents or failing to follow the Care Instructions and Warranty Card provided with your Dream Silks will void the Warranty. We recommend the use of a duvet cover to extend the life of your Dream Silks duvet.

Silk has become a part of a health conscious consumer’s lifestyle. We try to eat healthier and have a healthier existence. Our children are exposed to elements we never were; Asthma and allergies seem much more prevalent today.  Silk bedding can help.

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 we are, dust mites live and breed in our pillows, mattresses and bedding. Silk is the only natural fiber 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. Even though silk is not as thick as other bedding, 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. In most cases people end up kicking their comforter on and off repeatedly throughout the night.  This on-again, off-again pattern is a sign of 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 give it up!

 

DREAM SILKS™ What about the cost?

The cost for a silk duvet is very affordable. You will pay the same price for silk as you would for  feather-filled or synthetic-filled duvets. Dream Silks is the only company that offers a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.* Most other bedding companies offer between 30 days to 2 years.

 

DREAM SILKS™ Features & Benefits

  • Non-Allergenic
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Washable in cold water

(saves money on expensive dry cleaning)

  •  Quality & Durability
  • Manufacturer’s 10-year Warranty*

 

*Contact Select Marketing Canada Ltd. for complete Warranty details 1 800 361 8723

To order Dream Silks, call 1 800 361 8723 or visit: www.selectmarketinginc.com

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