What is Mulberry Silk? -Types of Silk Fabric

Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk fabric and it’s the most expensive type of silk material. Mulberry silk has its history in China, because the silkworms are fed only mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world. Pure white and made up of individual long fibers, Mulberry silk material is more refined than other types of silk.

Mulberry silk is mostly used to produce silk charmeuse. Silk charmeuse has a lustrous shine with a nice drape. The shimmering appearance is ideal for sumptuous clothes, deluxe beddings and other luxurious decorations. Silk charmeuse has super fine texture.  It’s soft and smooth, feels sleek but not as slippery as polyester satin.

SPOIL ME silk pillowcases are made of pure mulberry silk material with charmeuse texture.

Types of Silk Fabric Made of Mulberry Silk

Silk Charmeuse

Charmeuse comes with a shiny right side and matt wrong side, it’s soft and drapes well. It’s the silk we have in mind when we think of ‘traditional’ silk. SPOIL ME Silk Pillowcases are made of Mulberry Charmeuse Silk.

Silk Chiffon

A light, matt fabric and normally is transparent. A chiffon overlay can create a stunning flowy appearance.

Silk Georgette

A sheer, lightweight , plain-weave fabric with a coarse texture.

Silk Organza

Lightweight, sheer, thin, open-weave fabric with smooth, flat finish with Crisp drape.

Dupion Silk

a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric, produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more entangled cocoons in the weft. It comes with a highly-lustrous surface but slightly thicker, heavier, and with a greater slub (cross-wise irregularity) count.


It is similar to Dupioni, but is slightly thinner and less irregular.

Silk Velvet

Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. 100% silk velvet is very expensive.

Silk Knit

Silk Knit fabric is one of the most luxurious types of silk fabric. It is stretchable, soft and comfortable, ideally to be used for under garments or layering garments. It will send chills down your spine! Light as a feather, strong as steel, with superior insulating and moisture wicking properties. 

Silk terrycloth

It’s similar to normal normal towel terrycloth, soft and easy to absorb water. It normal be used to make beauty towel or makeup puff to clean and care skin.

Habotai silk

Habutai is a lightweight, shimmering material with basic plain weaves. It is sheer and often has an ivory color. Habotai silk are less uniform in color and texture, with shorter strands.

Types of Silk

Mulberry Silk

Mulberry silk is from silkworms are fed only mulberry leaves. Pure white and made up of individual long fibers, Mulberry silk material is more refined than other types of silk. Mulberry silk products have a beautiful shimmering appearance due to the triangular prism-like composition of its silk fiber. This refracts the light at different angles producing that lovely shimmering effect.

Tussah/Tussar Silk

Tussah is naturally soft beige and is from silk worms fed on Oak leaves. Tussah is flatter and more matte in appearance. Mulberry is much finer than the Tussah and more vibrant and lustrous. If they were wool, the Mulberry would be the equivalent to super fine merino and the Tussah would be equivalent to Corriedale or another coarser, higher micron fiber. The production process is different too. Mulberry silk need more refined workmanship and treatment. Because of these reasons mulberry silk is more expensive.

Eri Silk

Eri silk is from worms fed on castor plants. The texture of the fabric is coarse and dense. It is very strong, durable, and elastic. Eri silk is darker and heavier than other silks and has a smooth rustic look when finely spun. It has a cotton, wool-texture finish, with a silky touch. It is sturdy and easy to wash and maintain. Mulberry silk  is more soft and more shinning but needs extra care.

Muga Silk

Muga silk is from Assam silk moths fed on aromatic Som and Sualu leaves. It’s extreme durability and has a natural yellowish-golden tint with a shimmering, glossy texture. The disadvantage is it limits the colour options as it can’t be dyed.



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