How much does a yard of silk weigh?

by Momme Silk on May 08, 2017

Normally we use Mommes (mm) as a traditional unit to measure the quality of silk fabrics.One momme silk weight = 4.340 grams per square meter

The usual range of momme silk weight for different weaves of silk are as below:

Gauze—3 to 5 mm

Organza—4 to 6 mm

Habotai—12 to 16 mm

Chiffon—6 to 8 mm (can be made in double thickness, i.e. 12 to 16 mm)

Crepe de Chine—12 to 16 mm

Raw silk—35 to 40 mm (heavier silks appear more ‘wooly’)

Charmeuse—12 to 30 mm


What’s more, most people may have such a question: does the higher momme weight mean the better silk?

Normally, the higher the momme weight, the more durable the weave, the more luxurious the fabric is, the more suitable it is for heavy-duty use, and the longer the shelf-life. Generally, all silks can be washed and the heavier ones can be washed repeatedly. The heavier the silk, the more opaque it becomes. This can vary even between the same kind of silk. For example, lightweight Charmeuse is translucent when used in clothing, but 30-momme charmeuse is opaque. Therefore, it does not mean that you must always buy silk products with higher momme weight.For instance, it would be too heavy to put on 25mm silk sleepwear for the night, but 19mm silk sleepwear is not that durable, though. In a word, it is a question of making proper choices according to your own needs.