Years ago before supermarkets and departmental stores started to sell imported rubber foam pillows (Dunpillo) most of our mothers bought kapok by the katis made our own pillows.
Kapok is a natural fibre from a huge tree and I would consider that it is better than any other man made fibres for pillow making.
When I was young I loved my kapok pillows after they had been sun dried for a few hours in the hot tropical sun. The smell of freshness was heavenly and the aroma of the healthy sun and the smells of the outdoors filled the air of the bedroom for the whole night!! As I slept on the sun dried pillows I would have better dreams.
Today the smell of sundried pillows will still bring back lots of memories of yesteryears and of grandmothers chatting with aunts in the kitchen while waiting for chicken soup to boil or kuihs to cook in the steamer!!
It will also bring back memories of giggly girls whispering interesting stories in big beds - big enough for five little girls under the mosquito net!!
i must say kapok is still the best material to use for pillows to this day!!