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How Momme is Measured
14th Century
Momme (匁), a Japanese unit of mass and former unit of currency, first appeared in a family book during the Bunmei era in 1484. While it is no longer used as a currency, it continues to be a standard measure in the pearl industry.
19th Century
The concept of momme emerged as an alternative to thread count due to the high number and variation in threads within cocoons. It entered European parlance among traders in the nineteenth century.
Early 20th Century
In the early 20th-century Japan was when the metric system officially replaced the shakkanho system of weights and measures. The basic unit of mass was the Kan, and other measures, including the monme, were derived from it. The monme, later popularized as momme in the West, remains the traditional unit of measurement for silk and pearls.
Momme (Weight) Range
Momme weight refers to the weight measurement of silk fabric. The higher the momme weight, the heavier and more durable the fabric is.
Light Momme
Thinner, more delicate fabric. May have a more sheer or lightweight feel, offering a delicate and ethereal look.
Medium Momme
Slightly heavier, offering enhanced substance and durability. It strikes a well-balanced combination of lightness and longevity.
Heavy Momme
Significantly heavier and more substantial fabric. Increased weight, durability, and mor structured appearance.