The Difference Between Linen and Silk

The Difference Between Linen and Silk

I’ve always imagined launching Heirloom Carrier with two main ring sling fabrics: linen and silk. Both are strong, durable, and luxurious, but they have different properties that may help make your final decision a little easier. I thought I’d quickly break down the similarities and differences of both so that it’s nice and simple for you, all in one place. Let’s start with linen.

Linen is a sort of mystical creature in the fabric world. I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the place, with people touting it’s ethical and sustainable properties. It truly is a beautiful fabric. Made from the flax plant, it is one of the oldest cultivated fibres in history. It is extremely breathable and great for different weather conditions. It keeps you nice and cool in the summertime and will actually insulate you when it’s cold out. Another cool thing and random fact? It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, making it a great material for when we wear our babies. It is naturally strong with little to no stretch, creating a supportive environment for your child. One of its minimal downsides is that it creases and wrinkles more than other fabrics because flax fibres have low elasticity. It is a very sensible and obvious choice for a ring sling because it is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial—a clear choice for being in close contact with you and your baby. 

The other offering at Heirloom Carrier is silk, a powerhouse in its own right. Specifically, we use 100% silk matka, a hand-spun fibre made from Mulberry silk cocoons. Silk is a protein-based fabric that is considered a better insulator than egyptian cotton and it does not disappoint in the softness department. It is considerably lighter than our linen ring slings and carries much of the same properties, such as being antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. When you think of silk, you most likely imagine luxury, and our matka ring slings are a true testament to that. Interestingly, silk is one of the strongest natural fibres, and it has a good abrasion resistance. It is more resistant to wrinkling than our linen carriers and wears extremely well. Aesthetically, silk matka resembles linen with a beautiful weave pattern and has natural slubs in the fibre that give a beautiful, memorable look.

Both silk and linen are natural fibres and are ideal for baby wearing. I know that having a baby can be overwhelming. You've got so many choices to make: to swaddle or not, the timing of sleep schedules, what type of baby soap to use...the list could go on. Add in what type of baby carrier to get and what fabric is best and it's no wonder that "mama brain" kicks in! Our slings are sewn by hand right here in Vancouver, Canada and are obtained ethically from local and international fabric distributors and manufacturers. I’m so proud to bring two such interesting and beautiful fabric choices to my ring sling offerings. Hopefully this little post helps you to make a decision - I know I’m always going back and forth on which one is my favourite!!