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The Breathability of Silk Makes It More Suitable for Summer

Silk is a soft, smooth and light fabric. When it comes to silk, it seems to represent deluxe and luxury. Summer is just around the corner. Is silk breathable enough to be suitable for summer? Let’s explore it.

Before exploring it, we first need to understand what is breathable and why fabrics with good breathability are more suitable for summer. Breathability is a fabric’s ability to pass through air and moisture, while breathable fabrics allow air to pass through it, helping people regulate the surface temperature of their skin by removing sweat and moisture. Breathability is a basic quality that people look for when choosing fabrics in summer, because it can help people stay cool in hot weather and not feel stuffy.

Silk is a natural breathable fabric. It is made of natural protein fiber — mulberry silk. It possesses not just favorable air permeability, but also effective moisture absorption and dehumidification properties. 


The Information About Mulberry Silk

The silk produced by the silkworm undergoes a series of processes to create mulberry silk, which is an animal protein. It is the main raw material of silk weaving. It doesn’t suffer any pollution in the process of mulberry planting, sericulture and silk reeling and weaving, so it is called a “green product”. Mulberry silk is slightly thinner than other silk, but it is also whiter and softer. The fabric made of mulberry silk has good texture and is soft and skin-friendly, which is the most representative of silk fabrics. Our Sinosilk employs silk fabrics crafted from mulberry silk of the highest grade, 6A.

The Principle of Breathability of Silk

First of all, silk is very light, which gives it a feeling of comfort even in hot weather. It has a good drape, not like cotton or other heavy fabrics clinging to the skin, making people feel sticky and stuffy. Its draping sensation allows air to flow over the surface of the skin, helping to keep it cool.

Moisture absorption and removal effect is also an important factor to measure the air permeability of fabric. In humid environments, dried silk absorbs moisture. It can absorb sweat and metabolites produced by the body, carrying away heat and preventing bacteria from building up on the surface of the skin, while also helping the skin stay cool and dry. It helps to prevent eczema, itching and other skin diseases.

In addition to the qualities mentioned above, silk has several other qualities that make it perfect for summer.

The good insulation of silk makes it a kind of fabric with the characteristics of warm in winter and cool in summer. Silk’s porous structure insulates well, reducing the area distribution of heat, preventing overheating and helping people stay comfortable in high temperatures. In winter, the structure also helps the body retain heat, keeping it warm.

Silk also has natural UV resistance. Proteins in silk contain tryptophan and tyrosine, which effectively absorb UV rays, helping to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays and helping to prevent sunburn. However, it is not recommended to leave silk in the sun for too long, as this may cause it to turn yellow.


While silk is the best choice for summer, it is also necessary to consider the type, weight and thickness of silk. Not all silks are equally suitable for summer. Some are thicker and better suited for cooler weather. These characteristics of silk make silk scarves, eye masks, headbands, bonnets and pillowcases popular even in summer. Not only do they keep you cool and comfortable in hot weather, but they also help keep the skin moisturized and have a certain skincare effect.

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