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Kapok Sleeping Pillow
Advantages of Kapok:
- Kapok filling is firm and retains its shape.
- The cotton ticking is ventilating and moisture-absorbing.
- It provides optimal neck support.
You can’t beat mother nature.
Apparently, only nature is able to combine properties which seem incompatible. Let’s take the very example of kapok.
For many of us, it is only a reminiscence of things from the past, but on closer examination, kapok is a material through which nature proves us to be centuries ahead on mankind.
Indeed, when it comes to elasticity and insulating capacities, kapok can compete with several kinds of foams and synthetic fibers. It seems to have been especially created to serve mankind as a wonderful, soft and elastic underlayer, to rest our weary head and even our entire body.
And to let us feel how wonderful it is to relax in an old-fashioned way.
What is kapok?
To increase its probability of successful reproduction, the kapok tree packs its seeds in pods whose size may vary from 15 up to more than 30 cm. These pods are like a soft bed filled with long hollow fibers, wrapped with wax. These fibers constitute the actual kapok. In fact, you could compare it to a jewelry box. This is why it is also referred to as “a jewel from the emerald belt”.
Inferior blends, made of kapok from Java mixed with kapok of other sources, resulted into the ‘Kapok Decree’ in the twenties of the last century. Its purpose was not to protect the trade with India, but to save lives. Because of its floating capacities, kapok was often used in those days to make life saving jackets, but only the first-grade kapok, i.e. the one originating from Java, presented this kind of buoyancy.
Java kapok is considered to be the best kapok fiber in terms of quality. Java’s climate and rich volcanic soil make it the ideal spot to produce kapok of the highest grade.
What makes a pillow filled with kapok so special?
When it comes to pillows, the requirements that the filling material must meet, may appear to be somehow contradictory.
On the one hand, it should be comfortable and soft, so it can be easily molded and shaped. On the other hand, it should be elastic enough to bounce back and support the neck. In addition, it should drain away moisture and transpiration without absorbing it, to prevent it from getting heavy and clammy.
A pillow filled with kapok meets all these seemingly contradictory requirements. The protective wax layer around the fiber ensures elasticity and drains the moisture before the fiber will be even able to absorb it. And last but not least, it makes a kapok pillow bacteria-repellent. For all these reasons, kapok filled pillows used to be recommended for people with rheumatism.
Kapok is naturally dirt and moisture-repellent. This makes it ‘easy-care’. Provided that the pillow has a good ticking, all you have to do is put it in the sunlight from time to time. To restore its elasticity in no time, you can use the tumble dryer, but if you do so, make sure to use the low temperature setting so the natural wax layer will not be affected. The life span of kapok filling is similar to the one of other filling materials.
When properly taken care of, a kapok pillow can last easily about five years.
But from a hygienic point of view, it is generally recommended to replace a pillow every 5 years.
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