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Kangapoda Sheets

Kangapoda Sheets are gorgeous.

We have combined fabulous fabrics, superb Made-in-America workmanship, and, of course, our patented Kangapoda ergonomic foot canopy for ergonomic excellence and far superior comfort when you're on your back under the covers.

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It has always been worth it to invest in artfully-woven, high-thread-count sheets,
as they will last years, even generations with proper care.

Kangapoda’s MADE IN AMERICA workmanship is magnificent. Kangapoda's manufacturers are artisans. They meticulously measure, cut, and sew our patented 3-part Kangapoda Top Sheet, the deep-pocketed, fitted bottom sheet with its strong elastic, and our lovely pillowcases. 

There is always room for excellence, and Kangapoda believes in excellence. We are coming out of the gates with absolutely beautiful products. 

You will immediately appreciate the Kangapoda Top Sheet’s ergonomic superiority. You will also see that while the canopy has the potential to accommodate very large feet, it mimics the look and feel of the old-style flat top sheet because it lies completely flat when not in use. The Kangapoda top sheet also maintains the positive attributes of washability and foldability.

The Top Sheet Canopy Lies Flat When Not in Use
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Finally Ergonomics for the Top Sheet:

Thumbs up for Feet Up! 

 

Above the Kangapoda Top Sheet View

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Note how Danielle's feet are unstressed and comfortably at a right angle under the Kangapoda Top Sheet. 

 

Below the Kangapoda Top Sheet View

 

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See how Danielle's feet naturally enter the patented canopy demonstrating how Kangapoda eliminates the Nutcracker Effect.

 

While Kangapoda's patented, ergonomic canopy is its calling card, it was vital to us that our introductory sheet collection have all the quality and performance basics our discerning customers expect.

 

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We chose to work with very-high-thread-count, 100% extra-long-staple Egyptian cotton
renowned for its soft drape, distinctive luster, beautiful hand, and amazing durability. 

 

Cotton is, far and away, the most widely used fabric for sheets due to its comfort, breathability (i.e., absorbing and releasing perspiration quickly makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter), long-life, and ease of care.  There was no reason for Kangapoda to re-invent the fabric that people the world-over love and prefer. It is generally accepted that the absolute highest quality cotton is Egyptian extra-long staple (ELS) cotton because it creates a stronger and finer yarn. 

 

600 Thread Count,

100% Egyptian ELS Cotton Sateen

400 Thread Count,

100& Combed, Long-Staple Cotton Sateen

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Sateen is a fabric made using a satin weave structure but made with cotton yarns instead of silk. The result is a luxurious smooth feel to the hand and a soft, gentle drape.  Kangapoda has taken its sateen to the next level.  We have used the finest Egyptian extra-long-staple cotton so that our 600TC sateen is a finer, softer, more delicious, more elegant, and more durable broadcloth. It comes in cream, white, and light blue.

Our 400 TC sateen is fabulous.  It is a gorgeous, durable weave. Presently, we are only offering it in classic White.  However, make no mistake, while the price point is lower than our top-of-the line Egyptian, our 400TC sateen is a superb selection and will feel like ergonomic butter on your bed. PS - you can never go wrong with a gorgeous set of white sheets.   

 

Sheet weaving is an art.  It is far-beyond a thread count number. 

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There are many factors that contribute to the caliber of the fabric:

check-mark11.gif What is the type of cotton utilized (extra-long-staple 100% Egyptian Cotton is the best)
check-mark.gifWhat size and fineness of yarns are utilized in both the warp and weft

check-mark11.gifWhen and why will a sheet weaver use a single-pick design versus a multiple-pick design?
check-mark11.gifWhen and why will a sheet weaver use a single-ply versus a multi-ply thread
check-mark11.gifTHE WEAVER’S SECRET SAUCES—UNIQUE FINISHING (e.g. singeing, sanforizing, and mercerizing) AND DYEING TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES—that contribute mightily to the look and feel of the FABRIC.  

 

Kangapoda researched and auditioned several different sheet weavers to make sure the fabric we are using in our sheets is top notch. 

We specially asked our weaver to make several enhancements so that Kangapoda’s fabric is uniquely delicious and long-lasting.

  

Is the Kangapoda Top Sheet’s Ergonomic Superiority Worth it? You Betcha!

Your new Kangapoda Top Sheet is a beautiful, well-designed, well-constructed, patented, luxury item. We at Kangapoda think this is the right cost-benefit analysis:

(i) The Kangapoda Ergonomic Top Sheet is not cheap.  However, given the beautiful fabric, the extra fabric required for the patented ergonomic canopy, and the extra labor to cut and elegantly  stitch, it is very well priced.   

(ii) The Kangapoda Ergonomic Top Sheet is clearly well-made in America

(iii) The Kangapoda Ergonomic Top Sheet will last you for years with proper care.  

(iv) The Kangapoda Ergonomic Top Sheet is so much more comfortable than a plain flat top sheet when you are on your back under the covers you will almost feel giddy.  

(v) The Kangapoda Ergonomic Top Sheet immediately improves your daily lifestyle and quality of life.  It truly does.

 

Point of Comparison from a Manufacturing Perspective: The Plain Flat Top Sheet

 

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A traditional (“old-style”) top sheet for the bed is a simple, unitary, rectangular flat sheet resulting from a simple manufacturing process. Realistically, that is why it is called a ‘sheet’ – because it is a simple flat rectangle. One can of course have a sheet of metal, or a sheet of glass, a sheet of paper, sheet rock, etc. 

In the case of fabric, to make a bed sheet, the fabric is spooled off a fabric roll from the weaver; cut at the desired length; and then hemmed on all four sides so the edges do not fray with the hem at the top of the sheet larger and more decorative.

 

Old-Style Flat Top Sheet – a Simple Rectangle

 

Point of Comparison from a Manufacturing Perspective: Kangapoda Top Sheet

The Kangapoda King-Size Top Sheet requires 48% more material and approximately 5 times more labor than an old-style king-size top sheet.

 

The patented Kangapoda sheet’s elegance and ergonomic design are reflected in its masterful workmanship and fusion of three parts:

(i) the main body of the top sheet;

(ii) the patented Kangapoda canopy;

and (iii) the bottom flap to be tucked under the mattress.

The manufacturing process is more sophisticated and time-consuming than for an old-style top sheet, and significantly more material is required.

For the manufacture of a Kangapoda top sheet: 3 distinct segments must be measured and cut off of the roll (e.g., the top, the canopy, and the flap); the canopy must be configured and this requires detailed and sturdy stitching and seam-work; the three segments must then be properly aligned and durably joined; and, of course, like the old-style top sheet, the Kangapoda top sheet requires the classic perimeter hems with a more decorative hem at the top.

 

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Patented Canopy Provides Ergonomic Superiority

 

The future is now. The difference in comfort between the patented Kangapoda and an old-style, plain flat top sheet is so significant…it is preposterous.

Try the Kangapoda…it truly is
‘The Ergonomic Feet Feat For a Bedding Feet Fête’!!

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Note how the patented Kangapoda canopy lies flat when not in use.
 
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Side view of the canopy when not in use

 

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Some Helpful Sheet Terms

Combed Cotton thread is extremely soft with great tensile strength making it ideal for long-lasting bed linens. When cotton is combed—after the dirt and seeds are removed and the fibers have been disentangled and lined up in the carding process—fine brushes are used to pull out remaining impurities as well as shorter, less desirable, cotton fibers. The combing process removes almost 20% of the volume but leaves long, straight cotton fibers that are even and aligned. The combed cotton is then spun into a thread which is smoother and less likely to fray, pill, and tear than an uncombed thread. Because of the extra step and the significant reduction in volume, combed cotton is more expensive than conventional cotton, and will usually be clearly identified.

Thread count simply refers to the number of threads, both vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft), woven into a single square inch of fabric. The thread count of basic or standard cotton fabric is around 150. Good quality sheets start at 180 thread count and a count of 200 and higher is considered percale. With finer threads, such as those produced with pure Egyptian cotton, more can be woven into each square inch. This results in a softer and more flexible material. As a general rule, the higher the thread count the denser and smoother the sheet will feel. But a high thread count alone is not a perfect indicator of a sheet's quality, as many factors – including the kind of cotton, type of weave, and nature of the finishing process – have an impact on a sheet's comfort, quality, and value.

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Percale is a standard weave based on single pick insertion, the technical term for a tight and exacting over under weave in both directions (warp and weft). The one-over-one percale weave creates a much more uniform, stronger, denser, and softer fabric, which not only stands the test of time but also gets better the more you wash it. It is the superiority of the weave that is the defining factor of percale.While percale is durable and comfortable, it is considered plain.

 

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Sateen is a fabric made using a satin weave structure but made with cotton yarns instead of silk. The fiber is woven in a specific long lateral pattern. In contrast to the one-over, one-under structure of a Percale (standard) weave, warp yarns are floated over weft yarns, for example three over and one under. (In a weft-faced sateen, the weft yarns are floated over the warp yarns.). The long floats produce a smooth surface which gives a more luxurious sheen than plain-weave cotton and is also silkier to the touch. An added attribute is that sateen is more dust resistant than percale. 

 

Sanforization is a treatment for stretching, shrinking, and fixing the woven cloth in both length and width before cutting and producing, to reduce the shrinkage which would otherwise occur after washing. The aim of the process is a cloth which does not shrink significantly by cutting, ironing, sewing or, especially, by washing and drying the finished sheet. Cloth and articles made from it may be labelled to have a specific shrink-proof value (if pre-shrunk), e.g., of under 1%.

Mercerization is a two-step treatment where cotton fabric or thread is given two systematic chemical baths: first the cotton is bathed in lye (sodium hydroxide); and then it is bathed in acid to neutralize the sodium hydroxide and strip off the outer layer of the fabric. The one-two chemical punch results in the swelling of the cotton fiber’s cell wall which increases the fabric’s luster, strength, affinity to dye, softness to the hand, and resistance to mildew. It does, however, increase the fabric’s propensity to lint. Cotton with long staple fiber lengths responds best to mercerization.  

Upland cotton is the most common cotton grade characterize by its medium-length staple fibers. It is used in the majority of woven textiles throughout the world. If a label only reads "100 percent cotton," it is likely to be American Upland.

Egyptian cotton is an extra-long staple cotton known for its luxurious softness and luster.

Pima cotton is a very strong cotton often grown in the warm, dry climate of the southwestern United States and a limited number of other locations. Known for its softness and natural sheen, it features medium to extra-long staple fibers. Supima® is a trademarked name for products woven from 100% American Pima cotton.