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Why Silk?

Ellies & Ivy only use natural fibres when making our products, due to all the great benefits when you are wearing them.

Here are just a few of the benefits to silk

Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics due to its natural protein structure

It is an all-climate fabric. So you can easily use silk as a warm and cozy textile during winter and wear it comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Silks natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments thus outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter.

Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will therefore absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.

In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well.

The history of silk

Ellies & Ivy only uses silk from India. Silk has a long history in India, and India is actually the second largest producer of silk in the world after China. About 97% of the raw mulberry silk comes from five Indian states.

India is also the largest consumer of silk in the world. The tradition of wearing silk sarees for marriages and other auspicious ceremonies is a custom in Assam and southern parts of India. Silk is considered to be a symbol of royalty and historically silk was used primarily by the upper classes.

Why cotton?

Cotton is soft and comfortable. It is hypoallergenic and won't irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies. The fibers are spun tightly into yarn that won't cause rashes or static electricity. 

Since cotton is breathable and doesn’t retain odors like oil-based fabrics, you can use your clothes a few times before washing them in in the washing machine. By not doing laundry you will save water, energy and money, and help your clothes last even longer.

Cotton is perfect during summer, as it can easily absorb body moisture and help keep you dry by drawing it away from the skin where it evaporates in the air around you. Cotton is also able to draw heat away from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable in hot weather.