Silkwood Silk was founded in 2004. I, the founder, while on business in China, found myself marooned over a weekend in Shanghai. I was advised to visit the town of Hangzhou – some 2 hours south of Shanghai, and much praised for its beauty by Marco Polo – to see the vast array of silk products that the region proffers. The silk emporiums are huge; about the size of an aircraft hangar. There, in one corner of the building, were four ladies stretching out silk floss over a sort of Ping-Pong table. They were obviously making duvets, but out of silk?? Their supervisor spoke English; very rarely met with in those days. He said “Do you use a duvet?” I said I didn’t own one because I found a duvet to be too hot in the middle of the night, and then became too cold if I shed it. “That’s because you haven’t tried a silk one” said he. “A long time ago we Chinese discovered the ‘breathability’ of silk. As you heat up, the silk transpires, and evaporation causes cooling. So you stay the same temperature all night long. Try a silk duvet. You’ll see we are right”. Well I did. I was so impressed that I started Silkwood Silk to import and sell duvets made to my specification and appropriate to the North West European market.
Now we import nearly all our silk products from China. We have expanded the range from just silk duvets and blankets to include sheets, duvet covers, pillows and pillowcases. Lately we have moved into clothing as well in the form of silk shirts for ladies and men with silk ties to go with the latter.
Our policy is to only stock and trade in pure silk products. So, for instance, the shells of our duvets and pillows are made of silk – rather than sateen cotton which is more common and cheaper, but heavier and no proof against dust/house mite.
I assure you, once you’ve tried silk bedding you will wonder why you ever slept in anything else.
Silkwood Silk is proud to offer pure silk bedding products such as: Silk Duvets made entirely of silk (The filling is 100% Long Mulberry silk, and the shell is Habotai silk). We offer a summer weight silk duvet (4.5 Togs) and a Spring/Autumn weight silk duvet (9 Togs). The silk duvets have laces around the edge so that two duvets of either Tog value can be fastened together.
Silk Pillows, (like the duvets) are made entirely of silk, i.e. both the filling and the shell.
Silk Duvet Covers and Oxford style Pillowcases in plain Habotai or with a silk Jacquard top. In both cases the silk duvet cover and the Silk Pillowcases have a Habotai border, so no bedspread is required to enhance the beds appearance.
Silk Bedding, in the form of Silk Flat Sheets and Silk Fitted Sheets. These are made of sand-washed Habotai silk. Our Habotai silk is a weave made from Long Mulberry silk. Habotai is not as slippery as satin, but the sand-washing treatment gives it the softest feel imaginable.
Men’s Silk Shirts: The latest addition to our range of quality silk products, our Men’s Dress Silk Shirts are redolent of the classic Jermyn Street formal style; having double cuffs, a stiffened collar, mother of pearl buttons, complimentary ‘knot’ cufflinks and adjustable sleeve length (½”).
We also have a good selection of Woven Silk Ties to accompany the shirts.
Ladies’ Classic Silk Shirts; The latest addition to our range of quality silk products. We have these in three colours; Ivory, Pink and Lilac.