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What is kapok?

What is kapok tree

Some people don't really know about kapok, we can't find some kapok textiles in the market.
Kapok also be called silk cotton, red cotton tree, mockmain, bombax malabaricum, ceiba, It belong to Bombacaceae, large deciduous trees, native to India.

The characteristics of kapok

Kapok fiber are fructification fiber from plant of kapok tree, they are thinnest and lightest and biggest hollow, it is the most warm fiber. It is soft, waterproof, mildew proof, keep warm, strong moisture absorption.
Kapok fiber is the lightest with biggest hollow natural fiber. It is called "soft gold of Plant". The linear density of kapok fiber is  half of cotton fiber and hollow ratio more than 80%.
The thermal insulation property of kapok is better than eiderdown, The touch feel is better than cashmere. It be called "the healthy fiber new paradigm in 21 Century" .In China there is a new textile standard ( GB 9004-2008), it was
issued4 natural fiber, they were cotton, kapok, linen, coconut fiber.

The status quo of kapok

Sweaters are made of kapok yarn is infrequent, because the pure kapok fiber are difficult, we can’t get pure kapok yarn, so the kapok just have small possession in the all textiles.


Kapok pictures

Kapok flowers

                                                       Kapok flowers

Kapok on the tree
                                                      Kapok on the tree

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