Momme is the language of silk. When we talk about cotton bedding, we talk about thread count. When we talk about silk, we talk about momme. We use momme (momme) to measure the density of silk.
Cut a 100 yards x 45 inch piece and weigh it (we know you won’t). 19 pounds? Then it’s 19 momme. 22 pounds? Well that’s 22 momme. Understanding momme is important when you’re buying silk products, especially if they’re expensive.
It really depends on what you are doing with the silk. While a 16 momme fitted sheet isn’t built to last, a 40 momme silk slip dress would be too stiff for most people (but as a semi-formal cocktail dress it’s good).
As you review the momme weight of a silk item, you need to consider the purpose, the weave, and how you’ll wash it.
You want your face masks to pass the candle test. The sweet spot is between 19 momme and 22 momme for double layer and triple layer masks. They are tightly woven and still breathable through multiple layers. But for a mask liner used underneath another mask, most prefer a lighter weight silk.
For eye masks, it comes down to personal preference. A lightweight silk has a “light as feather” touch, whereas a dense silk has a buttery soft and supple feel.
For bedding, look for 22-25 momme, otherwise, the silk won’t retain its characteristics with repeated machine washing. Silk beddings are pricey. At this momme weight, you’ll be enjoying your sheets and pillowcases for years to come. For those who love silk, anything above 25 momme is pure luxury. Picture above shows a 32-momme-pillowcase.
These are of course general and subjective views. All silk is not created equal. There are always some silks that don’t follow the rules. Have fun, play with it, and enjoy shopping at our store.
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