Our “Night Jewel” head wraps are made of the finest quality silk and satin-woven polyester. But what is silk? What is polyester? What is satin?
Polyester is a man-made (synthetic) fiber or thread. Picture threads of polyester like your fingers. When woven, these threads produce bolts of fabric. Imagine weaving like a lattice top pie crust or your fingers interlaced.
There are three ways in which fiber is woven into fabric: plain weave, twill weave and satin weave. These ways of weaving are distinguished by the direction in which the weaving takes place: horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Of the three types of weaving, satin is the most expensive to manufacture because it is the most involved.
Satin-woven polyester produces a fabric with beautiful drapability, enabling our head wraps to be shaped to the contours of the head. It is also wrinkle-resistant, allowing our Queendom Members to go from the bedroom to the boulevard! No one would ever guess it was slept in since the shiny side of the fabric is against the hair, enabling the hair to glide smoothly all night long, keeping hair moisturized, and both protecting the hair from breakage, and the hairstyle. The dull or matte side that is on the opposite side looks like a regular scarf. Except it isn’t “regular” at all, it’s a Crowning Jewel!
Satin woven polyester is long-wearing and easy to care for. And, because satin is a weave, and not a fabric, other fibers can also have a satin weave. For example, when cotton fibers are woven with a satin weave the result is what is called sateen.
Whereas polyester is man-made, silk is a natural protein fiber that is produced by the larvae of the silk worm. The filament is reeled off and boiled to remove the stiff natural glue, and woven into fabrics noted for their soft luster, luxurious feel and strength. Because it is in short supply and labor intensive to produce, silk is expensive. Silk can have a plain weave, such as china silk or it can have a satin weave. Some of our Night Jewels are made with a silk satin. Unlike polyester, silk will wrinkle and should be hand laundered to be safe, while polyester can be machine washed and does not wrinkle as much. Many prefer silk because of its exquisitely soft feel. Think of silk as the “Rolls Royce” of head wrap fabrics and polyester as the “Mercedes Benz.” Which “car” do you prefer?