確かな品質を誇る清潔な羽毛羽毛へのこだわり

Best environment for processing down & featherSearching for the best water and climate

Toshikatsu Kawada had the strong desire to produce the best quality of down & feather as a specialized manufacture of the down & feather. So, we looked for the suitable environment to remove dust and dander from down & feather. That place was Meiwa-cho, Mie prefecture. That place has the miraculous water and climate, discovered by our experience and knowledge.

Kawada Feather was founded in Tokyo in 1891, and had 5 factories in Nagoya after the World War II. In 1991, we opened a new factory for next generation in Meiwa-cho, Mie Prefecture with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its establishment. All of us was surprised by the whiteness of down & feather after washing. So, with having a pride and confident in our products, we started new history in new place.

Best environment for refining Down & Feathers

Finally, we achieved to process the high quality of down & feather with plenty of high-quality underground water in Meiwa. There is Odaigahara-sanchi mountain range west to our factory, known for heavy rainfall area in the world.

Its large amount of rainwater goes into old layer from deep valley which altitude is more than 1,000m.

It rinses out all minerals through the soil for over 1,000 years.
Finally, the large amount of the super soft water flows out.

Dry wind blows down Ise Plain, where our factory is located. This wind is dry because it is after the rain falls on the mountains from all south to north in the west part area.

To clean down & feather, this dry and low-humidity climate is our ideal environment. This water and climate are exactly necessary to process extraordinarily clean down & feather.

羽毛を洗う水

コップに入れた水

Our down & feather is extraordinarily clean because of using only this fresh water to wash. This water is super soft water because the general tap water hardness has 50-60 (mg/ℓ), but our water has only 3.2 (mg/ℓ). The feature of this water is its small particles. And it has the strong antioxidant power because of the negative ORP value (below figure), that is why this kind of water is called active hydrogen water without minerals.

 

Super soft active hydrogen water has the high penetration, so penetrate to all of down & feather to remove its dander and fat. The water of high reducing power recovers the damage and functions of down & feather.

It needs a lot of water to wash and rinse down & feather.

So, we use the plenty of drinkable water from the underground, and wash down & feather with only fresh water. This is very rare case in the world. Only for the purpose of throwing away our used water, We process drain water to clean enough for keeping our company’s strict standard (4 times cleaner than the Ise Bay standard).

Our super soft water has merely contained any minerals and efficient washing ability. We use only little amount of soap, made from natural materials, to wash down & feather. Also rinsing water has washing ability, so we need only few rinsing. Even our employees take this fresh water to their home for drinking and cooking.

※ORP is Oxidation Reduction Potential. Higher positive figure means highly oxidized. Negative figure means anti-oxidized.

※Soft water has 0-120mg/L according to the classification of WHO’s guidelines.
  Kawada Feather Tap-water in Japan
ORP(mV) -131 +500~600
Hardness(mg/L) 3.2 50~60

 

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地形図

This water has three suitable features to wash down & feather.
Firstly. It is super soft water and strong hydrogen water. This water takes out dander and fat & oil very easily.
Secondly, it has a strong oxidation-reducing power. It pulls out oxygen from the oxidized parts of down & feather and recover the damage parts.
Finally, there is more than enough fresh underground hydrogen water to wash down & feather. The fresh water can drink directly from tap.

Climate to open barbules of down & feather

Climate affects much to process of down & feather. Low humidity is most important key to removing dirt and dander from down & feather. Our factory is located in Ise Plain, between the class A rivers, Kushida River and Miya River. 

Dry wind blows in Ise Plain throughout the year, our factory is located. This wind is very dry because it is after heavy rain falls on the sharp west mountain areas, the Odaigahara mountain area.

The dry wind is used to make local foods to dry such as Japanese radish and seaweed from far south in this area.

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羽毛は絶対湿度が高いと小羽枝(しょううし)と呼ばれる細かい枝の部分が閉じてしまいます。一方で乾燥した場所では小羽枝が開きます。小羽枝が開いた状態で精製することができると、その部分に付着したホコリやアカを取り除くことができます。
つまり、工場は、羽毛を開いた状態にできる湿度が高くなりにくい気候条件が整った理想の土地にあります。以前、工場があった名古屋市は夏場の湿度が高いため、どんな技術を駆使しても羽毛の細部のホコリが完全には取り除けませんでした。そういった経験から湿度の低い場所を求めて、現在の地に工場を構えたのです。

Processing Technology

We cannot process the high quality of down & feather only with the special water and good climate. It needs experience, knowledge, and cleaning technology from our foundation, 1891. Based on these backgrounds, we believe our technics is the best in the world.

There are dirt and dander on the hard surface of raw down & feather. The following pictures are raw down & feather before washing and after washing, taken by the electronic microscope. Washed down & feather has no dirt and dander to compare the raw down & feather.

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We developed the original and unique theory of processing down & feather with our deep understanding based on long term experience and collaborative research with domestic and overseas universities.
We design the unique processing machines based on this theory.
No one can follow our technic for removing dirt, dander and dust.
This is why we can produce clean and hygiene down & feather without any dander or dust.

羽毛の顕微鏡写真

洗浄前の原料の顕微鏡写真(左)→表面に汚れが付着しています。
洗浄後の精毛の顕微鏡写真(右)→小羽枝が開き、細部までキレイになっています。

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Kawada Feather Co., Ltd.
〒515-0303
3255, Yamaoyodo, Meiwacho, Takigun, Mie
TEL : 0596-55-2431 / FAX : 0596-55-4156
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