Kapok is a silky, fluffy, resilient fiber from the seed pods of the tropical Ceiba pentandra tree (silk cotton tree) that grows easily without fertilizer or pesticides in South America and Southeast Asia. The soft, light, and airy pillow feels a lot like a feather pillow if you don’t stuff it too full, and it’s very fluffable. It will not mold or mildew, just like all of our pillow fills. And like the shredded rubber and wooly bolus pillows, our zippered kapok pillow arrives very full and can be easily adjusted by adding or removing filling to create a loft that fits the way you sleep. In addition, overstuffed kapok makes a solid, firm pillow which is great for decorative uses.
The kapok silk (vegan down) is luxurious to the touch and provides medium-firm support. Despite the softness of the fibers, they will break into smaller pieces over time due to their inherent fragility. This breakage compresses the fibers, and in time the pillow will reveal its true firmness. We include at least a pound of extra fiber in your new pillow so you have fill on hand if you want it to recover its loft, so when you receive it you will probably want to remove some of that extra filling. To eliminate the chance of the zipper coming open on its own and to silence the jingle of the zipper pull, it’s been hidden inside a pocket at the top of the zipper. (see photo above)
These pillows are washable, but drying a kapok pillow outside would take days, or maybe weeks, so it’s best to run it through multiple cycles in your your dryer to make sure the fiber is dry throughout. Or remove the filling and just wash the organic cotton cover.
- GOTS-certified organic cotton in the pillow cover is grown in the USA; kapok fiber inside the pillow is grown in Indonesia.
- Pillows are made to order in Indiana, usually in one to two weeks.
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