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What is as light as a feather and more valuable than gold?

27 Jan

It can only be eiderdown! And it comes from the far north, from a place where animals and people depend on each other and where incomparable eiderdown duvets result from their cooperation.

Eider ducks live in the far north. The eiderdown is incredibly finely branched. It surrounds the cold air and develops a warmth that is both incredibly cosy and light at the same time. The little bundle I’m holding in my hands is as light as a feather. But it radiates warmth. As soon as I hold it in my palm, the warmth begins to spread. The way in which the eiderdown is harvested is very impressive. The eider farmers take care of the eider ducks’ nests and are rewarded with a very precious material – eiderdown.

This unique partnership between man and animal is characterised by care, respect and love. As the ducks are protected, their down is carefully collected from the abandoned nests and lovingly cleaned. Producing eiderdown duvets and pillows is our supreme creative achievement. Eiderdowns are more valuable than gold and demand the greatest attention, expertise and delicate handwork.

A unique symbiosis between man and animal

23 Apr

Eiderdown is an extremely rare and luxurious natural commodity. Eiderdown duvets are our speciality here at Dauny. The way in which the down is harvested, is both impressive and unique:

Eider ducks, which are both larger and more corpulent than our ducks, live far out in the bitterly cold region around the Arctic Ocean. When the breeding period approaches, the Icelandic farmers prepare protected sites that are ideal for nest-building and line them with hay. The hormonal process that induces moulting leaves the stomach down only loosely attached. This down has matured completely in the cold hollows between the icebergs and the volcanoes. When the eider duck plucks this down, she transforms the hay nest into a cosy paradise ready to welcome the eggs. When the mother leaves the nest to drink, the farmer carefully replaces any damp down with additional hay because dampness causes the eggs to rot.

Although eider ducks live freely in the wild, and are intensely shy animals, they lose their timid nature in the presence of the farmers. But there is a reason for this: the relationship between the farmer and “his” ducks is a long-standing tradition that goes back generations. The life story of particular duck families is closely linked to that of the farmer’s family. And the result of this relationship between animal and man is unique – as unique as the quality of the eiderdown itself.

Eider – a precious gift from the hand of nature

14 Oct

It’s autumn, going on winter. The cold season stands before us. And even though I have no plans to fly south, I still have the prospect of warmth in sight. I sleep under an eiderdown duvet. Do you know about eider ducks? They live in the far north. The eiderdown is incredibly finely branched. It surrounds the cold air and develops a warmth that is both incredibly cosy and light at the same time.

The way in which the eiderdown is harvested is very impressive. The eider farmers take care of the eider ducks’ nests and are rewarded with a very precious material – eiderdown. This unique partnership between man and animal is characterised by care, respect and love. The ducks are protected and their down is carefully collected from the abandoned nests, lovingly washed and then used to make unique, precious products.

Ever since I’ve had my eiderdown duvet, cold nights mean only one thing – wonderful, cosy warmth.