Our ancestors have raised silkworms for generations and they have always only made 100% silk quilts. So, we only came to know about fake silk quilts several years ago after seeing a CCTV report regarding this matter. In response, we went to inspect such fake silk quilts, such as the ones made from chemical fibers. To be honest, even a silkworm farmer who has raised silkworms his whole life, just by looking at the product and feeling its texture, without using special methods of analysis, would have no way of identifying between a real silk quilt and a fake one. However, there are also many scientific methods that can be used to differentiate real silk from fake silk. We recommend that you, the buyer, do some research before purchasing silk products, and at the same time, try a variety of methods in order to distinguish the good from the bad. Below, for your convenience, we have provided several common methods of identification to share with you:
Check to see if there is a zipper or opening on the edge of the quilt cover. If there is one, you can easily examine the materials used inside of the quilt. If the entire quilt is sewn together tightly, and if, when you ask to examine the material used inside the quilt, you are denied the right to do so by the manufacturer or the merchant, with the excuse that doing so would damage the product, it is best not to make the purchase. This kind of quilt is very likely to have problems. In the pursuit of high profits, most merchants only use real silk at the four corners and near the zippers of the quilts. The remainder of the interior may all be made of chemical fibers, making the true silk content of the product less than 20%. As such, we remind you, our dear customers, to please be sure to pay attention to the interior of the product when detecting real silk quilts. Remember not to be fooled by the illusions created on the surface of such products.
Place the mulberry silk into a glass container with 84 disinfectant. Its strong oxidation will transform the mulberry silk, dissolving it and eventually causing it to vanish completely. Other ingredients are unable to accomplish this. Mulberry silk is a natural animal protein that is resistant to acids but not to alkali. This is also why silk clothing cannot be washed with alkaline detergent. (This method is the simplest and most effective, which is why we have always praised it and continue to recommend it to our customers).
This method is not very effective, because if the blended content of fake silk is not high enough, this method will instead mislead consumers. It is also ineffective because each consumer’s judging criteria is different and a set standard cannot be clearly stated. This burning method can only be used as a certain reference value: the burning point of mulberry silk is very low, and the fire is extinguished very soon after the silk begins burning. The smoke that emits from burning silk is white, and is accompanied by the burnt smell of protein (similar to the smell that comes from burning hair, feathers, etc.). After burning, the silk ashes can be twisted into powder by hand and will not stick to your skin. In comparison, chemical fibers produce black smoke and irritating gas when burned. Its ash is black, and forms lumps that stick to your hands when twisted. There are clear differences between these two. If the burned lumps are plastic, and do not break when twisted, then there is a chemical fiber component to the product.
Use your hands to touch the fillers of the products. The softness and comfort of high-quality silk is something that other raw materials are unable to imitate. However, this method only works when you have authentic silk in your hand that you can compare it to. After this experience, you can come to conclusions on your own.
Expose the mulberry silk to the sun and carefully observe the fabric’s luster. The pearl-like luster that mulberry silk has is unrivaled by other raw materials. This method is applicable and conclusive even without authentic silk in hand. However, if authentic silk is available for direct comparison, conclusions will be more precise.
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