What is Kapok?

Kapok is a plant-based down with the perfect properties: As the filling material for our Thai pillows, the fruit of the jungle giant is the perfect invitation to relax.

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Let’s get real – what the heck is kapok? While the fruit of the Kapok tree can be found in bedrooms and living rooms across Thailand, little is known about this natural fibre in Europe. That’s a shame because the colourful Thai cushions with kapok filling are a hidden gem! They are perfect for relaxing, reading, watching TV, sleeping, camping, yoga and meditation, surftrips, and much more...

The truth is we could go on and on about all the wonderful benefits of kapok.


  • Kapok is breathable
  • Kapok helps to regulate body temperature
  • Kapok is allergy-friendly
  • Kapok only grows naturally
  • Kapok is processed untreated
  • Kapok is biodegradable

Of course, this begs the question: why is kapok so wildly unknown when it has so many valuable benefits?

The answer is easy. Although kapok was known and used industrially in Europe until the 1950s, knowledge about the natural fibre was short-lived. Why? With the triumph of synthetic materials such as cold foam, polyester and latex, kapok was used less and less as an expensive filling material.

Thank you for helping to preserve the “lungs of the world.”

Since kapok trees produce more oxygen than is needed for transport from the forest to the consumer, kapok fibres are CO2-neutral.

livasia Thai cushions – a 100% pure natural product

No spraying agents are necessary for the commercial cultivation of kapok. Kapok isn’t grown in monocultures; hence, it relies entirely upon the natural cycles of nature. When harvest season starts, the ripe fruits simply fall from the sky. With a size of up to 70 metres, kapok trees are true giants in the jungle. Local farmers collect the pods and lay them in the sun to dry. No further treatment is necessary before processing the kapok as a resource.

Another great advantage is that wild-growing trees make them a secure source of income for local farmers and their families. This is also why rainforests with kapok trees aren’t cleared for palm oil or cotton crops.

Why kapok is particularly suited for mattresses and cushions

With an air content of 80% (!), kapok fibre is one of the lightest plant fibres on earth. In addition, it has a fine wax coating that has a water-resistant effect. This is also the reason why lifebelts used to be made of kapok. These properties make kapok the ideal filling material for mattresses. Kapok mattresses provide a consistently dry sleeping environment. Unlike many other mattress fillings, kapok is not a nesting ground for bugs and insects. Its natural bitterness and high air content make kapok a natural repellant of mites and moths. This makes kapok mattresses an excellent choice for everyone, including people with allergies.