Thinking of the softness and luxurious feel of silk, one might mistakenly assume that this fabric, with its fine texture, would not withstand wear and tear. While it is true that silk feels like a delicate fabric, it is not easily broken or damaged.
How strong is silk fiber
The proteins present in the cores and sheaths of silk fibers provide a relatively rigid structure. This is due to the adhesive properties of these proteins to each other. This means that the silk proteins adhere very strongly to each other.
Textile experts have long recognized the resistance of the strong protein structure of long-fiber silk. It is the reason why silk is not only used in the textile industry. In medicine, silk has been used for decades as a material for sutures.
How Long Will Silk Fabric Last?
As for durability, silk fabrics made from silkworms can last a lifetime and beyond. They can even last longer than your lifetime, which explains why silk is found in so many textile heirlooms.
As long as a silk duvet cover or a silk sheet is not abused - and by abused, I mean exposed to harsh detergents and frequent washing - it can easily last over 20 years. Because natural silk repels dirt, odors, and pesky things like dust mites, a silk bedding does not need to be washed frequently.