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  Kapok  
     
 
Why ?    
Light, soft, resilient and resistant to water, Kapok fiber is an amazing natural material. Used until the 60's in the mattress industry, it become less fashionable when manufacturer started to used cheaper synthetic materials.
Originally from South-America, Kapok trees, known as Cieba, now grow preferentially in tropical forest in West
Africa and South-East Asia. The fruit of the cieba tree is surrender by kapok,
a fibrous material that protects the small seeds inside. Kapoks do not bloom every year, and some may go 5–10 years without flowering.
When the tree does bloom, however, it is prolific, producing up to 4,000 fruits measuring up to 15 cm (6 inches) long. Eventually these pods open on the tree, exposing the pale kapok fibers to the wind for dispersal. The fibers, in which over 200 seeds are loosely embedded, is sometimes referred to as silk cotton and is yellowish brown, lightweight, and lustrous.
In harvesting kapok fiber, the pods are either cut down or gathered when they fall, then broken open with mallets. The seed and fiber, removed from the pods by hand, are stirred in a basket; the seeds fall to the bottom, leaving the fibers free.
Among other qualities, Kapok is a moisture-resistant, quick-drying, resilient, and buoyant fiber. The fibers contain both lignin, a woody plant substance, and cellulose, a carbohydrate. The inelastic fiber, or floss, is too brittle for spinning, but it weighs only one-eighth as much as cotton.
 
 
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