For this reason geese provide higher quality down plumes which are stronger, more durable and have more filling power. Small down clusters from smaller birds such as ducks, are constructed with more fragile filaments which do not have the same filling power as the bigger clusters and tend to collapse after a certain period of use.
We do not use processed filling or mix qualities for any of our products but pure goose down and feathers only.
In comparison to the plentiful feathers available, down is scarce and therefore priced higher. When feathers are processed to produce artificial down (known as Q16), the quill shaft is damaged or chopped to copy the softness of the down cluster. Over a period of time this damaged feather will disintegrate and lose the initial insulating power, creating lumps and cold spots. It may have a lifespan of between 2 to 5 years.
However, when correctly taken care of, down can have a lifespan of up to a 100+ years, an investment and inheritance for generations to come. We have rejuvenated quilts of 90 and even over a 100 years where the quality of the filling has stood the test of time and it was only necessary to replace the outer cover at a small cost.
While synthetics remain rigid, down covers you comfortably and snugly. As less down is needed to create insulation, the duvet does not weigh heavily upon you. In comparison, synthetics and processed down, though cheaper and not as scarce, mat and lump together creating empty- and cold spots, providing insufficient warmth and cannot ensure the essential good nights’ rest, comfort and luxury.
When down is scrunched up, compressed or flattened due to use, storage or shipping, the quality and structure of the down clusters aren’t damaged and can be restored to its original volume by a good and thorough shake. It doesn’t lose its ability to insulate and retain warmth.
Down has the ability to trap heat generated by your body (referred to as ‘air pockets’) and still allow moisture to escape thus preventing perspiration and the feeling of clamminess which you often experience with synthetics.
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