WHY MULBERRY SILK?
Renowned for its luxury qualities Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available which is why Porter Pepperell ties are made from nothing else. Silk use in fabrics was first developed in ancient China. For generations, local farmers in China have grown Mulberry trees to harvest the leaves for Bombyx mori silkworms to feed on. The resulting cocoons are spun into raw silk fibres which are then woven into the quality fabric we have come to know and love.
Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only Mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world. And it is strong, beating steel fibres of the same diameter in strength and durability. Pure white in colour and made up of individual long fibres, Mulberry silk is more refined than other types of silk and lends itself excellently for use in neckties.
Other types of silks such as wild silk or Habotai silk are less uniform in colour and texture, with shorter strands. Products made from 100% Mulberry silk are among the most durable and produce the most luxurious silk goods.
The shimmering appearance of Mulberry silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colours.
One of the unique benefits of Mulberry silk is that it is 100% natural, odourless and hypoallergenic. Mulberry silk contains a natural protein called sericin that reduces the possibility of an allergic reaction. Therefore, Mulberry silk is a healthy and safe choice for those with allergies.