Differences between Silk and Satin
We've all come across fabrics with the word 'satin' on it - shimmery soft fabrics that look like silk. What exactly is the difference?
Silk is commonly compared with Satin. Silk is made from natural fiber produced from silkworms. Satin, on the other hand, is a type of fabric weave that comes with a lustrous sheen. In fact, Satin can be made with a variety of fabric, including polyester, nylon or even silk! However, the term 'Satin' is commonly used to refer to polyester satin.
Hence, when comparing "Silk versus Satin", most people are actually asking the difference between natural silk charmeuse fabric or man-made polyester satin fabric. Let’s do a comparison between both of these fabrics:
Firstly, while polyester Satin fabric is slippery, it isn't able to provide the same soft and smooth feel as natural Silk. Pure Silk fabric – because it is made from a natural protein – provides both a smooth and soft feel that man-made textiles just have not been able to replicate. Silk is also harder to produce, which is why it is more expensive. However, despite being softer, Silk is a stronger material and lasts longer with proper care, making it economical in the long run.
Secondly, polyester Satin is not hypoallergenic. On the other hand, as pure Silk is made from natural Silk fibers, the protein filaments make it hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. Hence, you will most likely find less allergy-inducing substances on Silk compared to Polyester. This makes Silk a great choice of fabric for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Lastly, polyester Satin is not breathable and traps odour. On the other hand, Silk is highly breathable and a great temperature regulator. Thus, it outperforms polyester Satin as the all-climate fabric, suitable to be used across all seasons, even in tropical countries facing heat and humidity all year round.
These are the main differences between natural Silk and man-made polyester Satin. All these properties make Silk the better choice in the long run for hair, skin and sleep!