fabric (ticking) used
to cover quality down comforters
and pillows is a highly specialized textile. Here are some things
to look for:
comforter fabric is light in weight, to allow
the down to reach it's full loft. At the same time, it has to
be durable so that it will last, yet remain breathable for comfort.
for a thread count in your down comforter fabric that is 260 to
about 480. A thread count that is higher than 480 (or so) may
result in a fabric that is too finely woven to retain the stitching,
eventually resulting in down leakage.
of more importance than thread count is the type and weight of the yarn
and the weave of the fabric. In order to weave more threads
per inch, each yarn has to have a smaller diameter, often resulting
in a cloth that is too fine and delicate for holding down. Indeed,
extremely high thread count fabrics in a down comforter can
be prone to leakage, and may not be able to retain the stitching
over the many years of use that a comforter will experience
thing to look for is where the fabric was manufactured.
Sad to say, most textile manufacturing in the United States
is a highly toxic industry. For this reason, we prefer a fabric
that carries the Confidence
in Textiles certification. This is a European manufacturing
standard, and assures that your comforter ticking was manufactured
to the highest environmental standards in the world.
of cotton (not silk) down comforters that are
"Dry Clean Only". These comforters have most likely
been finished incorrectly and will begin leaking down regardless
of how it is cleaned.
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