Memory Foam Chip Pillow – The history of cushions is quite interesting as we watch the progression of cushions from ancient times to the present moment.
The shape along with the contents of this pillow have changed over time. Back in Greece, the wealthier people rested their feet and heads on embroidered cushions and cushions. The Egyptians thought that the head is the seat of life and put much attention lavishly on the cushions of those who were deceased and put to rest.
The Chinese thought that the soft cushion stole the body’s energy so they made their cushions of ceramic, wood or leather materials. They thought that if they would put herbs to the pillow it’d cure ailments and it might turn white hair, restore lost teeth and give sweet dreams.
For centuries, people had their heads elevated not just with cushions but used large cylinder shaped bolsters. The bolsters were often the width of the mattress and stuffed with downward or some form of batting and then sewn shut. They put them against the headboard to support the cushions. Along the side of the bolster, was put a set of cushions at each end. This notion continued up into the mid-1800’s believing it was advantageous for your system.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, bed cushions began to take on a new appearance and became fancier in their appearance. Large square cushions were put from the decorative pillow cover and then laid against the cushions which were used to sleep on.
In the 1840’s when cotton became easier to get, American girls hand weaved pillow cases and decorated them with their needlepoint and putting their initials on each pillow case. With the American textile industry prospering through the 1800’s, covers for cushions went from cotton ticking which is still seen on cushions now’s.
Traditionally, the cushions were filled with feathers and down but as these changed so the outer material changed too. Natural batting was replaced by synthetic polyester filler as it managed to retain its shape. It was also less costly and easier to launder.
The batting or filling is the main quality of the pillow. The use of pricey down is the best filler. It’s made of a light, fluffy undercoating of a duck. Down has a quill point but no shaft making it more resilient. Countless clusters are found in downward and it traps warm air hence preventing heat from being lost. Duck down is little, plentiful and less expensive. The fill power of down is rated by quantity of this distance is measures. The greater the quantity, the greater 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 combine down with feathers to make a more comfortable and less costly pillow.
Polyester is a synthetic material that is also common. A cheaper polyester is one of continuous solid filament which has a great shape but sadly, loses the attic sooner. A better polyester is the Hollofill which has a continuous filament fiber which has a hollow core which provides the cushion more attic for a longer period of time than the less expensive grade polyester.
The pillow casing is decided by the cushion filling. Usually the pillow casing is most often cotton or cotton polyester using the weave changing according to the filling that is being used. Feather and down fillings will need an expensive and densely tight woven cloth that will keep the shafts from puncturing the casing and bending the sleeper and will keep all the from coming from the fabric.
These cloth casings sometimes have starch on them during manufacturing which makes them stiffer and less able for the feathers to penetrate the fabric. All that is needed is a strong thread to sew the pillow close.