Around the world, poultry feather has long been recognized as a good thermal insulation material. Around the 13th and 4th centuries, Europeans began to make quilts with duck and goose feathers. They were all stuffed with goose feather ducks into cotton cloth covers. Although the feather quilts were warm, they were not comfortable, and they were not the same as the present feather quilts. Even so, because ducks and geese were “rare” at that time, only the royal family could enjoy such quilts.
It’s no surprise that feathers are soon discovered. A Russian document in the 17th century showed that feathers were among the goods sold to Dutch businessmen at that time.
Industrialized production of down products began after World War I and can be separated from feathers by machine wind. Previously, duck and goose feathers filled with feathers were hand-picked, and the price was high. They were only for the enjoyment of high-ranking officials and nobles. After the outbreak of World War I, feather quilts became necessary in the battlefield with good warmth retention.
However, pure down is absolutely impossible to achieve, so people will be feather, down by machine rolling and mixing, and then using simple sewing and filling methods to make feather quilt, as military use. Because of the imperfect technology, when people drill out of the quilt, they not only bring a smell of feathers, but also full of feathers, like a “walking bird”. Nevertheless, the emergence of “feather quilt” laid the foundation for the coming down clothes.