When it comes to fabrics there are few materials that exceed the quality that you find with mulberry silk. Mulberry silk has a wonderful feel that is both soft and silky smooth. This is one of the reasons why it is so highly sought after and why it can be very expensive depending on where you buy it from. However, one fabric that is becoming more popular is that of tussah silk.
There are some similarities between tussah silk and mulberry silk. However, there are also many differences between the two. You may think that spending your money on one over the other would not yield any major differences but the truth is that these two similar materials have differences that matter and have a serious impact on how much you may enjoy them. Here are the main differences between mulberry silk and tussah silk.
Right off the bat the primary difference between tussah and mulberry silk is that they have vastly different textures. This boils down to the fact that tussah silk is created by tussah silkworms where mulberry silk is created by silkworms that have even mulberry prior to spinning the silk.
The texture of mulberry silk is very fine and smooth. Tussah, on the other hand, is of a rougher texture than mulberry silk. This is because the Tussah silkworms eat things such as oak leaves before spinning the silk. This results in fibers that are actually thicker than that of mulberry silk (at times it can be twice as thick as mulberry.) The silk's color tends to range from a light creamy color to a dark brown color. While some may deem the more coarse texture as making it an inferior material they are looking at it from the wrong perspective.
The difference between tussah and mulberry silk in terms of application is that you are more likely to use mulberry silk for bedding than anything else. This is because of the silky, soft, breathable quality that mulberry silk has. That silky finish is what makes mulberry silk more desirable for items such as sheets.
Tussah silk on the other hand is more applicable to clothing than anything else. Its rougher texture actually makes it more durable than mulberry silk, so it is more apt to be used out in the elements. It makes for fantastic items such as jackets and sweaters which can help you stay warm during colder months.
Because Tussah silk is not as fine as mulberry silk and is not as susceptible to the dying process you should never pay the same amount of money for Tussah as you would mulberry. Tussah silk is significantly less expensive than mulberry silk and any vendor that is trying to sell it to you at a similar price is likely scamming you.