By LISA GRASSMANSource NBC NewsPublished May 03, 2020 02:02:54By LISAGRASSMANAssociated PressAssociated PressPublished May 04, 2020 06:52:27By LISE SHANGHAIAssociated PressWASHINGTON — A Korean-style blanket made of knitted bamboo and filled with sweet, sticky rice has become a hit in some of Washington’s most exclusive neighborhoods, inspiring a flurry of activity on social media.
The fluffy pillow, made with a variety of bamboo fibers and filled by a mix of rice and sweetened soy sauce, has drawn comparisons to an American-style pillow.
But unlike many of the pillow designs, the blanket has an elastic band that pulls the fabric tighter against the body, making it easy to fold up and wear around the house, or even tucked away in a backpack.
In a recent Facebook post, a woman in Portland, Oregon, wrote that she used a Korean pillow in the winter when she didn’t want to have to take a long train ride to her job as a chef in Asia.
“I am always searching for new ways to keep myself warm during the cold winter months, and this blanket fits the bill,” the woman wrote.
“I made it for a friend who needs help in the office and is a big fan of Korean comfort food.”
In New York, a man who calls himself Jackson 2020 has made a pillow for himself that resembles a sleeping bag, filled with a mix, of cotton and silk, made by a Korean company.
He shared pictures on Facebook on Tuesday showing a sleeping pillow that fits over a large blanket and then sits on a bed.
Jackson 2020 said the blanket is intended for use with his wife’s old mattress.
He has also been using it to decorate his living room, but only recently started wearing it, he said.