The Japanese Comforter
A kakebuton, otherwise known as a “kake futon” or “kakefuton,” is the comforter or quilt portion of a Japanese futon set. Kakebutons vary in thickness and materials in order to accommodate the seasons, ranging from polyester and cotton all the way up to premium fabrics such as silk. Similar to a duvet, they are protected by a removable cover that can be washed and cleaned regularly and easily, though the kake futon itself can most often be dry cleaned as well.
When searching for a quality kakebuton there are two key factors to consider. The first, being the materials used, is largely a matter of personal preference. Cotton and polyester offer lower cost alternatives to silk, though they are heavier and more hospitable to dust mites. Silk may have a higher price tag, but its naturally hypoallergenic properties and temperature regulating tendencies are often worth the added expense.
The second key factor, though it may appear obvious, pertains to whether or not the kakebuton is hand or machine quilted. More often than not hand quilted kakebutons are made with a quality unmatched by machines. If you are willing to wait for a hand quilted kake futon, you can be assured that your new comforter will be of superb quality.
Best Kakebuton: J-Life
Anyone that has done extensive searching will tell you the same thing: Kakebutons are hard to find outside of Japan, regardless of the quality. It should come as no surprise to hear that J-Life offers the best. As true experts in traditional Japanese products, J-Life makes kakebutons that fit all of the aforementioned qualities and more. Their kake futon is handmade of mulberry silk and comes with a removable cotton cover, both of which can be easily cleaned. With 35 custom covers to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything else with such a great and equal mix of cost, quality, and variety.
If all you’re looking for is something that will get the job done then any old blanket or comforter should work just fine, but for those striving to complete a true Japanese futon set, this kakebuton is the way to go.
- Hypoallergenic & temperature regulating silk
- Dry cleanable & machine washable cover
- 35 different custom covers available
- Handmade to order