£13,000 for a duvet might seem ludicrously expensive, but this is no normal duvet. It’s filled with the world’s most desirable feathers, carefully collected from the nesting boxes of eider ducks on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Lanan, and processed entirely by hand by locals who have been harvesting them for more than 1,000 years.
It’s also a unique process in that the relationship between the humans and birds is symbiotic.
The family of workers provide warm, clean shelters for the ducks to lay their eggs in once a year, in which they can come and go as they please, and the feathers left behind are only collected when the birds fly away for the winter.
You can imagine how long it takes…