While looking for silk pillow cases one might start to ask where all the silk used to make said pillow cases and other stuff come from. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not easy.
Keep in mind that where the pillow case is made is not always where the silk comes from. A lot of firms will not say this because silk can be, from time to time, a hard commodity to get, and they often change their sources to cut costs. A source of silk can become too expensive if it experiences political unrest, earthquakes, typhoons and generally bad weather. When the price goes up, firms look for other places to get their silk from.more
So where do they get their silk? It is actually available all over the world. Silk production originated in China many thousand years ago and has since spread to Thailand, Japan, France, the Middle East and even the U.S.A. A lot of is still made in China and India but over 30 countries now contribute to the world’s silk output.
Most of the silk you see these days, including that which is used to make the silk pillow cases you are either currently enjoying night after night or the silk pillow cases you are considering buying, was most likely made in a factory setting. Hand made silk is largely a thing of the past. Technological developments have allowed factory silk to be produced in greater amounts and at a lower price than before.
Still, one nation does retain a reputation for the quality of its handmade silk. A cottage industry that began to flourish and gain international recognition in Thailand from the early 1960’s has managed to retain the traditional practice of making silk yarn by hand instead of machines. Hand-reeling the silk gives three classes of silk. The first is relatively thicker and can be used to make heavy garments. The other two are finer and are great for lightweight garments.
While it might be enlightening to know where the silk comes from, it is hard to ascertain. Besides, this is not even the most important thing about the silk. This does not make one product a better choice than another. More important than where the silk comes from is how the silk pillow case feels against your skin. Many factors aside from where the silk comes from go into the making of this extraordinary feel.