OUR STORY

KAILU 开路 MEANS "OPEN ROAD" IN MANDARIN

The name is inspired by Kailushen, a Chinese god (shen) who removes barriers and clears the way

Founded in 2018, KAILU began with a simple mission: to open the road for those who are curious about the world, ready to explore new ideas and discover new experiences, and desirous of meaningful goods that benefit others and themselves.

ROOTED IN HERITAGE, REDEFINED FOR THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

At KAILU, our handmade goods are as storied as the ancient water towns from which they hail. 

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PROUDLY HANDMADE IN THE YANGTZE RIVER DELTA

In villages that once outfitted emperors, local artisans infuse history and heritage into handmade bedding

KAILU raw silk duvets are crafted in family-owned workshops located in the soulful water towns of the Yangtze River Delta.

Our raw silk duvets are crafted in family-owned workshops located in the soulful water towns of the Yangtze River Delta.

When we asked a KAILU silk farmer based in Jili Village, “Is it true this was the favorite silk region of the Qing Dynasty Emperors?” with a grin, she said, “Damn right.”

When we asked a Jili Village silk farmer, “Is it true this was the favorite silk region of the Qing Dynasty Emperors?” with a grin, she said, “Damn right.”

We hope that by unveiling the traditions, we will clear the way for connections that transcend time and place, and bring us closer together.

KAILU farmers like Uncle Yongfu coddle their cán bao bao — “silk babies” in Mandarin — hand-feeding them organic mulberry leaves grown in their own backyards.

Farmers like Uncle Yongfu coddle their cán bao bao — “silk babies” in Mandarin — hand-feeding them organic mulberry leaves grown in their own backyards.

Auntie Qiunan says despite younger generations leaving for larger cities, there is an undeniable sense of pride and responsibility to continue the silk tradition among the few remaining silk producers.

Auntie Qiunan says despite younger generations leaving for larger cities, there is an undeniable sense of pride and responsibility to continue the silk tradition among the few remaining silk producers.

Expert makers like Auntie Jingying pull limestone-enriched water straight from the river to wash and process each cocoon by hand. Their incredibly meticulous labor of love sets the stage for supreme sleep for every body, in every season.

Expert makers like Auntie Jingying pull limestone-enriched water straight from the river to wash and process each cocoon by hand. Their incredibly meticulous labor of love sets the stage for supreme sleep for every body, in every season.

KAILU artisans let nature guide every step of their process, using sunlight to dry and fortify the raw silk before stretching it by hand. Our artisans let nature guide every step of their process, using sunlight to dry and fortify the raw silk before stretching it by hand.

SILKY SKIES

Our artisans let nature guide every step of their process, using sunlight to dry and fortify the raw silk before stretching it by hand

Auntie Xiaohong, a local artisan, hand stretches raw silk until it’s soft and fluffy to the touch.

Auntie Xiaohong, a local artisan, hand stretches raw silk until it’s soft and fluffy to the touch.
Twins Ling and Ching, 11, get a sneak peek of their photos from KAILU’s founder, EMMY-award winning journalist and former magazine editor LiLi Tan.

Twins Ling and Ching, 11, get a sneak peek of their photos from KAILU’s founder, EMMY-award winning journalist and former magazine editor LiLi Tan.

Ling and Ching want to raise silkworms when they grow up. KAILU hopes to help preserve this fading craft so that they can someday.

Ling and Ching want to raise silkworms when they grow up. We hope to help preserve this fading craft so that they can someday.

During KAILU's first scouting trip in 2018, the local artisans told us we were the first Americans to visit them. We are proud to introduce their unique work to the rest of the world.
During our first scouting trip in 2018, the local artisans told us we were the first Americans to visit them. We are proud to introduce their unique work to the rest of the world.

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Open Road Portable Throw Set comes with a throw in white with black piping, carrying pouch, and mulberry silk eye mask
Open Road Portable Throw Set comes with a throw in two tone (vintage 1950s Shanghai peony and bird print on vibrant emerald linen fabric on one side and white on the other side) with black piping, carrying pouch, and mulberry silk eye mask
Open Road Portable Throw Set
Open Road Portable Throw comes in a vintage 1950s Shanghai peony and bird print on vibrant emerald linen fabric
Open Road Portable Throw Set comes with a throw in white cotton sateen with black piping
Open Road Portable Throw Set comes with a throw in two tone (vintage 1950s Shanghai peony and bird print on vibrant emerald linen fabric on one side and white on the other side) with black piping

Open Road Portable Throw Set

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Gift with Purchase: For a limited time, receive a mulberry silk eye mask with throw purchase.

Make stargazing, movie nights on the sofa, hotel stays, plane travel, and even working from home more luxurious with KAILU's three-piece set. The throw’s ultra-smooth feel and temperature-regulating features will keep you comfortable indoors and out, and the set’s compact shape and light weight make it easy to carry without taking up extra room in your luggage. 

Like our Heritage Duvet, our portable throw is filled with raw silk that is hand stretched into blanket-size layers. The set includes the raw silk throw and a removable, washable cover for ultimate versatility and so that you can comfortably use it anywhere with peace of mind. Make a statement by choosing from two cover designs: white with black piping detail, or two-tone — a vintage 1950s Shanghai peony-and-bird pattern printed on vibrant emerald linen on one side, and white on the other. The set also includes a linen drawstring carrying pouch designed for global explorers and homebodies alike. 

RAW SILK CORE

  • 100% long-strand mulberry silk fill
  • 100% cotton fabric casing
  • Allergy resistant / dust-mite repellent
  • Naturally temperature regulating 
  • Supremely breathable
  • Includes 4 ties to correspond with throw cover
  • Hidden zipper closure

THROW COVER

  • White: white fabric (100% cotton sateen) on both sides, with black piping
  • Two-tone: pattern fabric (85% linen, 15% cotton, prewashed to prevent color transfer) on one side, white fabric (100% cotton sateen) on second side, with black piping
  • Perfectly fitted to raw silk core to prevent gaping and bunching
  • Includes 4 ties to keep raw silk core in place
  • Hidden zipper closure

EYE MASK

  • 100% mulberry silk fill and fabric casing
  • Black fabric and elastic band

CARRYING POUCH

  • Casing: 85% linen, 15% cotton; prewashed
  • Lining: 100% poly taffeta

Proudly handmade in China. Designed in San Francisco.

    Throw and cover: 6 ft. x 4 ft.

    Carrying pouch: 18 in. x 10 in.

    Eye mask: 8.5 in. x 4 in. (limited time)

    Set when assembled: 16 in. x 9 in. x 6 in.

    Weight: 3.3 lbs.

    White cover: machine wash warm, tumble dry low

    Two-tone cover: machine wash cold separately, do not soak to prevent color transfer, tumble dry low

    Raw silk core: spot-clean, do not soak, sun freshen or dry-clean, do not machine wash

    Eye mask: hand-wash, lay flat to dry

    Carrying pouch: machine wash cold separately, lay flat to dry

    For more details, see full care instructions

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    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set
    Heritage Duvet Set

    Heritage Duvet Set

    Regular price $700.00
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    KAILU's raw silk duvet is the product of old-world artisanal handcraft and modern design, resulting in a uniquely luxurious sleep experience. With an ultra-smooth feel and evenly pressured weight, our duvet is filled with fluffy raw silk that is hand stretched into blanket-size layers, stacked, and then hand stitched to prevent shifting and cold spots.

    This all-season duvet set has been thoughtfully designed for year-round comfort. It has a single or dual core, allowing you to purchase your ideal weight and easily customize your duvet for warmer or cooler months. Plus, every set comes with a washable duvet cover to ensure a long life. Experience thousands of years of heritage, all from your bed.

        RAW SILK CORE(S)
        • 100% long-strand mulberry silk fill
        • 100% cotton fabric casing
        • Allergy resistant / dust-mite free
        • Naturally temperature regulating 
        • Supremely breathable
        • Includes 8+ ties to correspond with duvet cover
        • Hidden zipper closure
        DUVET COVER
        • 100% cotton
        • Sateen fabric: classic 4 over 1 sateen weave using cotton yarn in both warp and weft, elegant drape, slight sheen
        • White fabric, with choice of white or black piping
        • Perfectly fitted to raw silk cores to prevent gaping and bunching
        • Includes 8+ ties to keep raw silk cores in place
        • Hidden zipper closure

        Proudly handmade in ChinaDesigned in San Francisco. 

        Queen: 86 in. x 86 in.
        King: 94 in. x 104 in.
        Emperor: 98 in. x 110 in.

        We recommend Emperor for a Cal-King bed, and Queen for a Full or Twin bed.

        To maximize the effectiveness of raw silk, our duvets have been designed to “float.” If you prefer a draped style or wish to tuck it under your mattress, we recommend choosing the next size up. 

          The KAILU Heritage Duvet features a single core or a dual core, allowing you to purchase your ideal weight and easily customize your duvet for warmer or cooler months. 

           

          SINGLE CORE DUVET

          A wonderful weight without the overheating, our single core duvets are ideal for warmer climates and for those who sleep on the warmer side.  

          Includes: 1 raw silk core + 1 duvet cover
          Total weight: 7 to 11 lb., depending on size
          Profile: Minimal

           

           

          DUAL CORE DUVET

          Our dual core duvets are easily customizable for all four seasons: Insert one raw silk core for summer and two for winter. 

          Includes: 2 raw silk cores + 1 duvet cover

          Total weight: 12 to 17 lb., depending on size

          Profile: Fluffy

          Duvet cover: machine wash warm, tumble dry low

          Raw silk core: spot-clean, do not soak, sun freshen or dry-clean, do not machine wash

          For more details, see full care instructions

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          Raw Silk Swatch
          Raw Silk Swatch

          Raw Silk Swatch

          Regular price $0.00
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          See and feel our unique raw silk and luxurious sateen first-hand, before you order our products. Each swatch includes a piece of fluffy raw silk, enveloped in a 8 in. x 4 in. sample of our duvet cover fabric. 

          One complimentary swatch per person will be delivered free of charge. 


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          KAILU Gift Card
          KAILU Gift Card
          KAILU Gift Card
          KAILU Gift Card

          KAILU Gift Card

          Regular price $25.00
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          Shopping for a wedding gift, housewarming present, or gift for that person who is all about comfort? 

          Allow someone to sleep like a Queen, King, or Emperor by choosing from our "Sleep like a..." gift card collection. Or give them the luxury of choice with a KAILU gift card in an individual amount. 

          And it couldn't be easier: Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Plus, our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

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