Monday, April 24, 2017

In A Poke

Twice in a row, I've been snookered by pre-packaged bedding that concealed a reverse side different from the one on display. I must tighten up my game.

The first surprise was a sleazy disappointment; the second, from the Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain, left me satisfied but feeling like a slow learner. Their duvet cover is an elegant pin stripe on one side and a solid color on the back. It turned out that the back side was better for my purposes than the front, but I don't like accidents. Structurally, the new cover was an improvement over one I'd bought several years before. Buttons have been replaced by a zipper, and the seaming makes it easier to shake out the duvet in the morning.

Bedding has always been a sensitive consumer area. Early protective legislation assured that fillings did not harbor disease and that fabrics were not toxic. "Good goods", as Paul Hawken calls them, were costly enough to be worth recycling into ever-smaller pieces: a double sheet (the largest of its time) was turned sides to middle as it wore thin. Later a worn item became a crib sheet and eventually a pillow case -30-

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