down is the light fluffy coating, clustered beneath the feathers of waterfowl, which protect them from the elements. most down can be found on the belly of geese and ducks. the belly is the part exposed to water, so the down keeps the bird warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. the more mature the bird, the better the down. as nature's most efficient insulator, down is warm, yet light and lofty, allowing unrestricted movement. unlike synthetics, natural fill absorbs moisture during sleep, and the layers of air pockets help air circulate, lifting away perspiration for all night comfort. we use quality mature white goose down in all our ploh products.
feathers are the rigid plumage found on the outside of waterfowl. smaller feathers are often used in bedding products, and while they do provide some insulation, they are mostly used for support. unlike low quality bedding products that may contain crushed feathers, ploh items are filled with whole small feathers, thereby avoiding dust build-up from broken feathers. a special combination of down and feathers in our pillows creates an invitation to experience that enticing ploh feel and touch.
the best fabric ticking is soft, absorbent, breathable 100% cotton, and must be tightly woven to prevent down clusters, and feathers from leaking. for all our down and feather products, we use cotton cambric fabric ticking with an inherently tighter weave than other fabrics, with even double the thread count. the strength of the edge seam is also crucial – every ploh item is piped with our signature khaki trim and tightly double-stitched for longer wear and leakage prevention. additionally, our pillows are double-layered for protection against dirt and dust mites.
thread count (TC) is the number of horizontal (weft) and vertical (warp) threads woven in one square inch of fabric. in general, the higher the thread count, the softer and more luxurious the fabric. the type of fiber used is also a key factor in determining the quality of fabric. 100% pure cotton fabrics are preferred for their breathability and feel. ploh cases & covers are made of high quality fabrics from our reputable European suppliers.
when it comes to the fabric ticking for down and feather products, however, it is the density of the yarn and how it is woven that are most important. we handmake all plohs with tightly woven cambric cotton fabric which has been professionally finished to insure its downproof qualities.