What are the advantages and disadvantages between hand-made & machine-made silk

Generally speaking, handmade silk floss filling is superior to machine made fillings because:

- Material: Due to the delicate nature of silk fibers, high-end silk floss is usually treated by experience silk workers who know how to preserve the long stranded fibers, as machines are capable of breaking the fibers with ease should the process go wrong at any point. Thus, when you see a comforter is handmade, usually it means the quality of the silk used is higher so the manufacturer is willing to spend more and hire experienced workers to minimize the risks of damaging the silk in the process of manufacturing.

- Human Touch: Even if the manufacturing process is carried out exactly as instructed, machines simply lack the subtlety of human hands. There is nothing that knows better about human comfort than humans themselves, and for something you sleep with every night, comfort is most certainly the first and foremost point of concern.

Handmade Comforters

- Filled using long fibre Mulberry silk, layered in a grid pattern.

- Tacked, not boxed stitched. Tacking the silk down eliminates cold spots and the damage box stitching causes to the silk fibre.

- Less airborne fibres because only long fibre silk is used.

- No lumps caused by silk filling clumping up.

Machine-made Comforters

- Silk fibre stuffed, not layered into a casing.

- Box stitched. Box stitching damages the silk fibre and creates cold spots throughout the comforter, undermining a silk comforters heat regulating ability.

- Short fibre silk or a silk mix is used instead of long fibre silk. Short fibre silk shards can become airborne and an irritant to allergy sufferers. Short fibre fillings cannot be as effective as long fibre comforters as a hear regulator.

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