A silky, lightweight, and buoyant fiber obtained from the seed pods of the kapok tree, used for stuffing cushions, pillows, and life jackets.
Kapok is a word of malay origin, kapok tree is native to tropical south america, africa, and asia.
- The cushions were filled with kapok, making them very comfortable to sit on.
- Kapok was used as a stuffing material for life jackets before synthetic materials were developed.
- The kapok fiber is very light and can float on water.
- The kapok trees are grown mainly in the tropical regions of South America, Africa, and Asia.
- The kapok fiber is hypoallergenic, so it is often used for pillows for people with allergies.