Down and Feather Products
Natural fill products are breathable, durable, resilient, and provide excellent insulation without a lot of weight. Down and feathers trap air while allowing moisture to escape, allowing products such as comforters to adjust to the amount of heat released by the body. Because they allow air to circulate and offer a wide comfort range, down and feather comforters can be enjoyed winter and summer.
Down and feather fill is also ideal for pillows because it can provide a range of support options, from soft to firm, while adjusting to body movements. The pillow molds itself to the sleeper's head and neck cradling them in comfort and support.
Natural fill bedding is resilient and lasts for years. Products containing down are usually machine washable, although it is recommended that consumers read the affixed care labels. A down and feather bedding product is an investment that pays off in longevity, comfort and ease of care.
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The soft undercoating of waterfowl, which is comprised of individual down fibers that are connected to one another at a central point.
Underdeveloped down made up of soft fluffy barbs radiating from a sheath. Nestling down does not have quills.
Plumage consisting of soft quills and barbs.
A group of components including down, nestling down and plumules.
Feathers are tested to determine bird species.
Measures loft or insulation ability of down products in cubic inches per ounce. The higher the number, the more fill power there is.
Indicates product cleanliness. Down and feathers are soaked and agitated in a solution of pure water, which is then measured for organic material. The lower the number the better, the cleanest samples measure 1.6-3.2, the highest number allowed is 10.
Helps determine if dust or dirt (organic and inorganic) is present in the down and feather. A sample of down or feathers is soaked and agitated in pure water, the water is then measured for clarity. U.S. and European standards require a result of at least 300 mm. Very clean samples register at 550 mm or higher.
The net filling weight of the down and feathers is determined.
Number of threads per square inch of fabric are measured at least five times, the results are averaged together. Two-ply yarns are counted as one thread and may not be used to double thread count. Generally, the higher the thread count is, the more downproof the fabric.