Soft Tex Neck Pillow – The background of cushions is very interesting as we watch the progression of cushions from ancient times to the present moment.
The shape along with the contents of the pillow have changed over time. In Greece, the wealthier individuals rested their feet and heads on embroidered cushions and cushions. The Egyptians thought that the mind is the seat of life and put much attention lavishly on the cushions of people who were deceased and laid to rest.
The thought that the soft cushion stole the body’s vitality so that they made their cushions of ceramic, wood or leather materials. They thought that if they’d put herbs to the pillow it’d cure diseases and it could turn white hair black, revive lost teeth and give sweet dreams.
The bolsters were often the width of the bed and stuffed with down or some form of batting and then sewn shut. They put them against the headboard to encourage the cushions. Along the face of the bolster, was put a pair of cushions at each end. The sleeper ended up sleeping in a nearly upright position. This notion continued up into the mid-1800’s thinking it had been advantageous for the body.
From the 19th and 20th centuries, bed cushions began to take on a brand new look and became fancier within their look. Large square cushions were put in the decorative pillow cover and then laid against the cushions which were used to maneuver on.
From 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. Together with the American textile business 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 down and feathers but as these changed so the outer substance changed as well. Natural batting has been replaced by synthetic polyester filler since it was able to retain its shape. It was less costly and easier to launder.
The use of pricey down is the ideal filler. Thousands of clusters are found in down and it traps warm air thus preventing heat from being lost. Duck down is small, 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 fill 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 make a more comfortable and less costly pillow.
Polyester is a synthetic substance that’s also popular. 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 lengthier period of time compared to cheaper grade polyester.
The pillow casing is determined by the cushion filling. Usually the pillow casing is most often cotton or cotton polyester with the weave changing determined by the filling that’s being used. Feather and down fillings will require an expensive and densely tight woven cloth that will keep the bottoms out of round the casing and bending the sleeper and will keep all the fine down from coming from the fabric.
These cloth casings occasionally have starch on them through production which makes them stiffer and less able for the feathers to permeate the fabric. All that’s needed is a strong thread to sew the pillow near.