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Momme weight (usually shown as mm) is a way of measuring things developed by the Japanese. Momme weight is a standard way of measuring the weight of silk as well as a common way to measure pearls. Momme is pronounced much like the word “mummy.” How to calculate the momme.
19 momme silk is considered to be the entry level of high-end silk and is fairly resistant to wear and tear. To standard for measuring momme weight is by using a piece of fabric that is 100 yards long and 45 inches wide.
If that piece of fabric weighs 19 pounds then the momme weight of that silk is 19.
For silk sheets a momme weight of 12-25 is considered good quality with silk sheets in the range of 16-25 being very high quality. Anything lower than 12 will result in sheets that are not as durable as they should be which means they will be more prone with damage and tearing. The higher the momme weight the heavier the fabric which means a greater amount of silk was used in the weaving process.
While silk sheets are typically in the 12-25 momme weight range, the covering on an ultra luxurious silk comforter is usually in the 18-25 momme weight range. Silk clothing if often in the 8-22 momme weight range. A piece of silk with a momme weight range of 22 is suitable for a man’s suit.
When you are shopping for silk sheets and the salesperson starts talking about “momme weight” you will know exactly what they are talking about. And if he or she tries to sell you silk sheets with a momme weight of 8, you can educate that salesperson and tell him or her that 8 momme weight sheets are too lightweight to be a good choice for silk sheets and that they can try and sell their inferior product to someone else because you are not buying them. You are going to look for higher quality silk sheets that will last you a long time.