Joy Mangano Pillow – The background of cushions is quite interesting as we observe the progression of cushions from ancient times to the present moment.
The shape along with the contents of the pillow have changed over time. Back in Greece, the wealthier people rested their feet and heads on upholstered cushions and cushions. The Egyptians believed that the head is the seat of life and put much focus lavishly on the cushions of people who were deceased and put to rest.
The thought that the soft pillow stole the body’s energy so that they made their cushions of ceramic, wood or leather substances. They believed that if they’d put herbs into the pillow it’d cure ailments and it might turn white hair, revive lost teeth and provide sweet dreams.
For centuries, people had their heads increased not only with cushions but utilized big cylinder shaped bolsters. The bolsters were often the width of the mattress and stuffed with down or some form of batting and then sewn shut. They placed them against the headboard to encourage the cushions. Along the side of the bolster, was placed a set of cushions at each end. This notion continued up into the mid-1800’s believing it had been beneficial for the body.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, bed cushions started to take on a brand new appearance and became fancier within their appearance. Large square cushions were placed in the mattress cover and then laid against the cushions which were utilized to sleep on.
With the American textile industry prospering through the 1800’s, covers for cushions went from linen to cotton ticking that’s still seen on cushions now’s.
Traditionally, the cushions were stuffed with feathers and down but as these changed so the outer material changed too. Natural batting was replaced by artificial polyester filler as it managed to keep its shape. It was less expensive and easier to launder.
The usage of expensive down is the ideal filler. Countless clusters are observed in down and it traps warm air thus preventing heat from becoming lost. Duck down is little, plentiful and less expensive. The fill power of down is graded by volume of the distance is steps. The greater the volume, the better the load power. Although feathers are strong, they aren’t soft. In American cushions, duck feathers are a most widely used filler. Some manufacturers will blend up with feathers to produce a more comfortable and less expensive pillow.
Polyester is a synthetic material that is also popular. A less costly polyester is one of continuous solid filament which has a good shape but unfortunately, loses the loft sooner. A better polyester is the Hollofill which has a continuous filament fiber which has a hollow heart which provides the pillow more loft for a longer period of time than the less expensive grade polyester.
The pillow casing is determined by the pillow filling. Normally the pillow casing is most often cotton or cotton polyester with the weave varying according to the filling that is used. Feather and down dentures will probably need an expensive and densely tight woven cloth that will keep the shafts from round the casing and bending the sleeper and will keep all of the fine down from coming from the fabric.
These cloth casings occasionally have starch on them during production making them stiffer and less able for the feathers to permeate the fabric.