How To Choose                      A Silk Filled Duvet                       Presented By Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
What are the differences                                   between silks?                      • First, you need to know w...
Easy & Simple Steps                      • By Feel: pure mulberry silk is a fine fibre and feels very                       ...
Mulberry Silk                      Silk worms which are raised exclusively on mulberry leaves                             ...
Mulberry Silk Cocoons           These cocoons are the mulberry silk cocoons and have a pearly colour,           are smalle...
Tussah Silk Cocoons                      These are collected from the wild and are from worms which eat oak leaves.       ...
Mulberry Silk Cocoons -                      Snow Blossom only chooses                               the best!            ...
Hand Extracted Silk Floss (step one)                      This video shows how the floss is teased from each cocoon. It is ...
Hand Extracted Silk Floss                      • As you have watched this process of hand extraction you                  ...
Air Drying Silk Floss                             (step two)                               10Sunday, 15 May 2011
This video shows that after the silk floss caps are                      dried they need to be rubbed in order to loosen   ...
(step four)                      This video shows the silk floss caps are stretched                      opened by hand to ...
The hand extracted silk floss is very fine and comes in            smaller pieces. Therefore many layers must be used to mak...
When silk is hand stretched and layered in this way a mulberry silk is                      produced to fill duvets which a...
Snow Blossom’s Silk Filled Duvets &                              Silk Filled Pillows                We ONLY use hand extra...
Now Let’s Examine the                      Machine Extracted Silk Floss                                   16Sunday, 15 May...
Kilos of silk cocoons are poured into a machine for boiling              prior to extracting. Because of the fatty nature ...
This is the finished             machine extracted             silk floss mat. Note its             yellow hue. The silk    ...
The Bleached Machine Extracted Long Silk Floss                  Silk floss which has been industrially extracted can be mac...
Industrial softeners are also                       This is a commonly used                                               ...
These silk floss mats are             industrially dried: a             process taking around             twelve hours.    ...
In this video we see the extracted silk floss being                      layered into wadding for duvets. This wadding, unl...
Hand layered machine extracted silk                      floss can be produced quickly at                      lower cost. ...
This cheaper, streamlined, industrial                      process of silk extraction means a loss                      of...
Comparison between hand extracted silk floss                           and machine extracted silk floss                     ...
Comparison between hand extracted silk floss                           and machine extracted silk floss                     ...
Now Examine                          Another Type of Duvet Filling                      • This is a duvet which has been fi...
Short Strands and Cluster Silk Filling                 This duvet like the other lower quality products is labelled Hand  ...
Merely opening the zipper will reveal continuous                       wadding. The sewn together short pieces in the     ...
Patch-filling a duvet                                       © Snow Blossom                              30Sunday, 15 May 2011
Look Out for Certifications              Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification              This is issued by a European consu...
We hope this presentation provides you with some clear                      and useful consumer guidance on the difference...
A Perfect Silk Filled Duvet                                              © Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
Live Well & Sleep Well                                 Snow Blossom                        The Luxury Silk & Bamboo Beddin...
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How To Choose A Silk Filled Duvet - Essential Guide

  1. 1. How To Choose A Silk Filled Duvet Presented By Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  2. 2. What are the differences between silks? • First, you need to know what is Mulberry Silk and what is Tussah Silk • Second, you need to know how silk has been extracted, by hand or by machine? These are two completely different methods of making silk with completely different results • We will demonstrate how the production varies for different silk fillings. 2Sunday, 15 May 2011
  3. 3. Easy & Simple Steps • By Feel: pure mulberry silk is a fine fibre and feels very delicate and soft to touch. • By Smell: hand extracted silk smells fresh as a result of being dried by air with no bleach or softeners added. • By Colour: hand extracted silk has a natural pearl colour while machine silk is more shiny with a whitish colour. • Watching this presentation: you will learn about the three different types of silk filled duvets: hand extracted silk filling, machine extracted long fibre silk filling, chopped short fibre silk filling. 3Sunday, 15 May 2011
  4. 4. Mulberry Silk Silk worms which are raised exclusively on mulberry leaves produce a silk called mulberry silk © Snow Blossom 4Sunday, 15 May 2011
  5. 5. Mulberry Silk Cocoons These cocoons are the mulberry silk cocoons and have a pearly colour, are smaller in shape, smoother, finer and rounder. The silk floss is softer and enriched with proteins & amino acids. © Snow Blossom 5Sunday, 15 May 2011
  6. 6. Tussah Silk Cocoons These are collected from the wild and are from worms which eat oak leaves. They are rougher, coarser and have a dark brown colour. The silk threads are less springy and have uneven surface and can be woven into fabrics with a coarse surface. This silk fabric is really for making curtains, cushions, bed spreads, garments, and is less luxury as filling for duvets. © Snow Blossom 6Sunday, 15 May 2011
  7. 7. Mulberry Silk Cocoons - Snow Blossom only chooses the best! © Snow Blossom 7Sunday, 15 May 2011
  8. 8. Hand Extracted Silk Floss (step one) This video shows how the floss is teased from each cocoon. It is washed and stretched by hand to make it into a cap-shaped silk net ready for natural drying in the air. © Snow Blossom 8Sunday, 15 May 2011
  9. 9. Hand Extracted Silk Floss • As you have watched this process of hand extraction you can now understand that all our silk floss produces a duvet filling in which there are no additives, softeners, conditioner, or bleach. This type of silk filled duvet costs more to produce. • After the silk floss has been pulled into the shape like a cap, it is then dried by air, in partial shade. See the following photo. 9Sunday, 15 May 2011
  10. 10. Air Drying Silk Floss (step two) 10Sunday, 15 May 2011
  11. 11. This video shows that after the silk floss caps are dried they need to be rubbed in order to loosen the fibre and shake off any debris. (step three) © Snow Blossom 11Sunday, 15 May 2011
  12. 12. (step four) This video shows the silk floss caps are stretched opened by hand to shape them ready for the next step...Layering © Snow Blossom 12Sunday, 15 May 2011
  13. 13. The hand extracted silk floss is very fine and comes in smaller pieces. Therefore many layers must be used to make one duvet filling. Hence these duvets are more airy, softer, lighter and springier. No chemicals whatsoever have been used in the whole process! (step five) © Snow Blossom 13Sunday, 15 May 2011
  14. 14. When silk is hand stretched and layered in this way a mulberry silk is produced to fill duvets which are far superior in comfort, durability, quality and beneficial to the health of their users. The layering method traps air between each layer and ensures the level spreading of the filling. The result is the duvet as soft as cloud, just like slumbering in an angel’s wing! © Snow Blossom 14Sunday, 15 May 2011
  15. 15. Snow Blossom’s Silk Filled Duvets & Silk Filled Pillows We ONLY use hand extracted mulberry silk as shown in the videos that we made in the factory of our supplier. There are no chemicals in our duvets & pillows. Our duvets have a valid Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification as issued by the European textile testing authority. Snow Blossom has a persistent commitment to quality. © Snow Blossom 15Sunday, 15 May 2011
  16. 16. Now Let’s Examine the Machine Extracted Silk Floss 16Sunday, 15 May 2011
  17. 17. Kilos of silk cocoons are poured into a machine for boiling prior to extracting. Because of the fatty nature of the silk worm pupae (chrysalis) the extracted silk floss is yellowish in colour. See the next picture... © Snow Blossom 17Sunday, 15 May 2011
  18. 18. This is the finished machine extracted silk floss mat. Note its yellow hue. The silk mat will now be bleached. © Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  19. 19. The Bleached Machine Extracted Long Silk Floss Silk floss which has been industrially extracted can be machined into a mat of any length or thickness. © Snow Blossom 20Sunday, 15 May 2011
  20. 20. Industrial softeners are also This is a commonly used employed bleaching agent Commonly used softeners ZL-300W has unique structure, and feel than the average amino-modified silicone products , it’s more fluffy and smooth, apply a broader range of • 914 fibers, and the effect of low yellowing. Product Features WEMEC 914 Strong Bleach Features: This product has an exceptionally strong 1. enhance or change the physical properties of fibers and fabrics, ability to degrease and to bleach, it has good functionality for killing including water blocking resistance, tear strength and elasticity and so on. bacteria. It spreads evenly and dissolves quickly even at the lower 2. low-yellowing characteristics, especially for white and light-colored temperatures. It’s suitable for white cotton and synthetic blends. fabric. 3. softener is more than the average amino fluffy, a wider range of applications can be used in dipping, padding or printing process on. 4. applicable to various fibers, including: cotton, linen, silk, wool, cashmere and other natural fiber and synthetic fiber, blended fabric and so on. Translated by Natalie Xiao Bell - Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  21. 21. These silk floss mats are industrially dried: a process taking around twelve hours. © Snow Blossom 22Sunday, 15 May 2011
  22. 22. In this video we see the extracted silk floss being layered into wadding for duvets. This wadding, unlike the smaller individual matting pieces of hand extracted process, produces duvets with an inferior character. © Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  23. 23. Hand layered machine extracted silk floss can be produced quickly at lower cost. However it feels heavier with less spring. Less air is trapped in this wadding and chemicals have been used to whiten the silk and to make it softer and more fluffy. 25Sunday, 15 May 2011
  24. 24. This cheaper, streamlined, industrial process of silk extraction means a loss of all the benefits associated with silk fillings produced by the traditional methods: the health, anti-allergy properties and the environmental advantages of less pollution and more sustainable production techniques. 26Sunday, 15 May 2011
  25. 25. Comparison between hand extracted silk floss and machine extracted silk floss ! This is silk floss extracted by hand. It is softer & fluffier. It smells fresher and has a natural colour. They are in smaller pieces and thinner. © Snow Blossom ! This is the machine extracted silk floss which has been bleached & softened. It can have the smell of chemicals used in its manufacturer and it exists as larger continuous © Snow Blossom matting.Sunday, 15 May 2011
  26. 26. Comparison between hand extracted silk floss and machine extracted silk floss ! Hand extracted silk floss: ● Healthy as no chemicals; ● No Environmental Damage; ● Kind to skin; ● Good for allergy sufferers; © Snow Blossom ! Machine extracted silk floss: ● Bleach or softeners are used; ● Not as good for allergy sufferers; © Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  27. 27. Now Examine Another Type of Duvet Filling • This is a duvet which has been filled with small broken sections of silk mat. The pieces of silk have had to be sewn together to produce an even duvet filling. A result which in addition has a less even appearance and can produce a duvet with cold spots. 27Sunday, 15 May 2011
  28. 28. Short Strands and Cluster Silk Filling This duvet like the other lower quality products is labelled Hand Filled. But like the last type it has been manufactured with short strands of silk matting remnants, however, this filling is then contained within a border of long silk floss. An imitation of a quality product which might deceive the less knowledgeable buyer. © Snow Blossom 28Sunday, 15 May 2011
  29. 29. Merely opening the zipper will reveal continuous wadding. The sewn together short pieces in the middle are not detectable. © Snow Blossom 29Sunday, 15 May 2011
  30. 30. Patch-filling a duvet © Snow Blossom 30Sunday, 15 May 2011
  31. 31. Look Out for Certifications Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification This is issued by a European consumer products testing agency which looks for the presence of 100 chemicals known to be harmful to human health. The product awarded with this certification has no chemicals, therefore it’s safe & healthy to use for babies and adults. Note: Oeko-Tex certification is only valid for 12 month. The company needs to submit their products for testing every year. It is important to check out if the company holds a valid current certificate. 31Sunday, 15 May 2011
  32. 32. We hope this presentation provides you with some clear and useful consumer guidance on the differences between silk duvets! Very often, customers feel confused and ask us the questions on which & how to choose a silk duvet in a market place with many competing products. We hope that our research on the different types of duvets will be useful. Snow Blossom has brought to the UK an unrivalled knowledge and expertise in the manufacture of luxury bedding. We regularly visit China to meet the producers and to visit factories. This visual book is a consequence of these experiences. You can be assured that Snow Blossom will only bring to you the very best silk duvets which you can enjoy for years to come! 32Sunday, 15 May 2011
  33. 33. A Perfect Silk Filled Duvet © Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011
  34. 34. Live Well & Sleep Well Snow Blossom The Luxury Silk & Bamboo Bedding t: 0044 (0)161 9052666 W: www.snowblossom.co.uk All Content Copyright ©2011 by Snow Blossom. All Rights Reserved Resource: Snow BlossomSunday, 15 May 2011

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