As summer approaches, it's time to put away that big, bulky down comforter that would roast you at night, and get out the lightweight bedspread. Unless, of course, you subscribe to the simpler way of life afforded by silk comforters.
There's no denying that down is a great insulator - Arctic explorers and mountaineers use it to fend off the most bitter cold. Thankfully, most of us don't live in such extreme weather year-round. So what do you do when you don't need all of that insulation? For down comforters, that means packing them up (and taking up half of your precious closet space!). The fundamental problem is that down doesn't breathe enough, and so is not suitable for warmer weather.
Take a look at all of that high-tech synthetic active wear at your favorite outdoors shop - what feature does it all tout? Breathability. Because your body naturally throws off heat and moisture, neither of which you want to build up on your skin, especially when you're trying to sleep. Silk is the original breathable fabric. It was used for centuries for inner and outerwear, from silk stockings and underwear, to thick overcoats. It naturally absorbs excess heat and moisture, and is capable of holding up to 30% of its weight in water. It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Here's a novel idea: what if you could use the same comforter year-round? That's what silk comforters are all about. In the winter, they are warm enough that you can turn your thermostat down and save on your heating bills, just like down. In the summer, they breathe and keep you comfortable and dry. Depending on where you live, you may still need a lightweight and a heavier silk comforter. But because they are so thin and light, you can store them without them taking up all of your storage space. And, unlike down, you can easily double them up inside the same duvet cover for extra warmth. Talk about the ultimate in flexibility.
Speaking of flexibility, have you ever had the "You're too hot, I'm too cold" problem? Because of its naturally temperature-adjusting properties, silk helps solve this problem, keeping two people with different comfort zones comfy and cozy in the same bed.