Instead of using Tussah silk, Silk Bedding Direct produce silk duvets with a superior and hypoallergenic mulberry silk interior.  All silk-filled duvets are produced by ourselves, no middlemen and total quality assurance.  Click one of the buttons below to find out more....

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There are two types of silk fibre from which silk duvets are made, mulberry silk and tussah silk (also known as tussar, tashar and tassar silk). These two types of silk are produced from two different types of silkworm, which eat different food and come from different environments. Mulberry silk is commercially produced from the one species of moth, Bombyx Mori, whilst tussah silk comes from a variety of moths of the Saturniidae family. Mulberry silk, as its name suggests is produced from silkworms fed entirely on mulberry leaves to ensure the fibre is pure. They are tended continually throughout their growth to maturity and the silk they produce is generally hand extracted to make it the finest and the best in the world.

Tussah silk, on the other hand, is also known as wild silk and is obtained from wild silk moths living naturally in tropical or sub-tropical forests.  These moths feed on a mixed diet, depending on what they can find. Producers collect the cocoons from the wild after the silk moth has flown and the cocoon is cut open, thus making the threads much shorter and less springy than those produced by Bombyx mori, whose filaments are generally unwound in one continual thread. Tussah silk thread is courser and darker in colour than Mulberry silk.  It has a natural sheen and is sometimes textured, making it ideal for fabrics for curtains or clothes.

Today, tussah silk is also produced commercially in both Japan and China.  The silkworms are fed on a diet including oak and privet, which contain tannin and it is tannin which gives Tussah silk a darker colour.

Tussah silk is also made into silk duvets (sometimes called silk quilts or silk comforters) but does not give the same luxurious feel as a mulberry silk-filled duvet. As it is machine extracted, less air is trapped in the fibres so it is does not have the same thermal properties.  Nor is it so soft so it does not drape around the body. Also, as it has to be treated with chemicals to remove any impurities, it does not have the same anti-allergy benefits either.

So when you are looking to buy a silk duvet, make sure you spend your money wisely and buy a mulberry silk duvet.  You will almost certainly spend more but you will have a lifetime of warmth and comfort. There is a good reason why the ancient rulers of China kept the secret of mulberry silk to themselves for many centuries!

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"This duvet is real luxury. So thin and light and yet it drapes beautifully over you. This makes it easier to change the duvet cover as well. The hand stitching does a great job, warm and no cold air pockets when sleeping. This is my second purchase, bought the pillows last time."
Sam D.
Chicago, IL

"Lovely, comfortable duvet. Nice and light. Really perfect. I have slept much better since I have been using it. No more sweating or feeling too hot or too cold. Highly recommend it, and a nice company to deal with."
Grace L.
Seattle, WA

"Lovely material, and very well made. Does all that it claims to do to give comfortable sleep. A happy customer!"
Evelyne S.
Arlington, VA

"I've purchased the summer & spring/fall duvets and four pillows to go with them. It’s so cozy in bed now, really changed our nights. I highly recommend your silk-filled bedding, really pleased I found this great product. Fast shipping too."
Annette D.
Portland, ME

"I just want to let you know how pleased I am with my silk duvet, it's so so warm and comfortable yet so light, thank you."
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Winnipeg, Canada

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