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.

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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 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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KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET
KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET

KAILU HERITAGE DUVET SET

Regular price $700.00
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18 in stock

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

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        Health Care & Heritage Duvet Donation
        Health Care & Heritage Duvet Donation

        Health Care & Heritage Duvet Donation

        Regular price $575.00 Sale price $287.50
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        Our courageous health care workers are taking care of those with COVID-19. And now you can help too. Donate a raw silk duvet of your choice, and for your generosity, you will receive 50% off the regular price. We’ll automatically donate the duvet — plus ten N95 masks — to someone in our health care community.†  

        †While supplies last. New duvet and mask donations go to health care workers who have already reached out to us or are associated with the Compassionate Healing Foundation. Discount shown in displayed price. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. No returns or refunds. No portion of the purchase price is tax deductible by the customer.

        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

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