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Silk or Cotton

Presence of allergy-causing agents:

Silk doesn’t attract dust mites at is hence hypoallergenic. Its moisture-wicking capabilities also keep the bacteria at bay. On the other hand, cotton offers a breeding ground for bacteria owing to its high moisture absorption. If the possibility of allergies bothers you, you must choose silk. There are various silk fabrics available that are ideal for furnishings. Out of these Assam, Eri silk has superior moisture wicking properties.

Durability and care:

While the charm and delicate appeal that silk exudes, says otherwise, it is a highly durable material that exhibits exceptional strength. Even with low maintenance, it is more likely to retain its strength and sheen than cotton. It also requires less frequent washing as compared to cotton making it easy to maintain and long-lived too.

The Splurge

If you go by the upfront costs, silk fabrics cost higher and your furnishings will be on the costly end if compared to the cost of cotton furnishings. However, if you consider life, maintenance, and other factors, silk works out to be the reasonable alternative that is more durable than cotton and hence replaced less frequently.

Insulation

No one wants to sweat in summers and shiver in winters. Contrary to the common perception that silk is warm, the truth actually is that it is warm in winters and cool in summers. That makes silk a win-win with its superior insulation properties as compared to silk. You can close your eyes and choose silk irrespective of your local climate.