February 1, 2023

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What is the difference between silk and satin?

There are different types of lingerie fabric , such as microfiber in underwear , but when we talk about smooth and soft fabrics, the first that comes to mind is silk. But along with it, we also find others such as satin or satin, which can make many people think that it is the same type of fiber. Although the truth is that silk and satin are not the same, in fact, at a technical level the differences are very notable.

SILK OR SATIN? IS THE SAME?

Silk cloth is made from a natural fiber produced by silkworms, popularly mulberry silk. Silk has a triangular, prism-like structure of the silk fiber, which allows the silk fabric to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. Therefore, the silk has more strength and the silk will have a brighter appearance compared to the glossy satin surface with a dull back.

Instead, satin is actually a weft of the fabric and not a natural fiber like silk. The fiber is the actual yarn that the material is made of and weaving is how you do it.

Traditionally, satin has a shiny side and a dull side. It is made using combinations of other fabrics like nylon, rayon, polyester, and even used silk.

At Inimar we have different sets of silk and satin underwear. Within the women’s nightgowns section you will find different models made of silk or satin.

OTHER DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SILK AND SATIN

Temperature regulation in silk and satin

Silk is an all-weather fabric. Silk is warm and cozy in the winter and comfortably cool when the temperature rises. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. And satin doesn’t absorb water (it can be uncomfortable when worn next to the skin in hot weather unless it’s loosely woven).

Price of silk and satin

Satin as a man-made fabric is easy to produce in large quantities from a relatively cheap source (oil and recycled plastics) and is generally cheap as a result. In contrast, silk is a luxury product and is very expensive to produce as supplies are limited and the process of harvesting and spinning silk is complex and labor intensive.

ADVANTAGES OF SILK OVER SATIN

We must also highlight some advantages offered by silk compared to satin:

  • Breathe. Your head and/or body will not overheat.
  • It is hypoallergenic. Silk is naturally resistant to fungus, mold, dust mites and allergens.
  • Does not involve synthetic materials. It is a natural fiber. For those who want to keep their beauty routine natural, silk is the preferred choice.
  • It might help your complexion. Do you have acne? Try a silk pillowcase and you will see how it helps your skin.

HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE SILK FROM SATIN?

Look at the fabrics. The silk looks like it’s shining. Satin, however, has a lustrous appearance.

Look at the back of the fabric. The silk should have a shiny appearance on both sides of the fabric. The satin shines on one side and the other is opaque.

Feel the fabric. Satin is more delicate than silk and needs better care. If you tug on the satin a bit, you’ll notice that it moves easily, whereas silk hardly moves at all.

Run your hand over the top of both fabrics. While both are smooth, silk feels much smoother than satin. The satin is slightly rough, but not too much.

AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIN AND SATIN?

The main difference between satin and satin is that satin is made from silk thread for durability and shine. However, sometimes the satin is also made with nylon or polyester and even mixing the three materials. Satin, as we have already seen, is a full-bodied satin fabric, it is a weave of the fabric and not a natural fiber such as silk.