What has been the treasure of kings for centuries and is even today rarer than a new Ferrari?

几个世纪以来,它被历代帝王视为至宝,至今仍比一辆崭新的法拉利轿车还珍贵。它到底是什么呢?

The answer is an eiderdown comforter.

答案是:凫绒被。

The eider is a large, arctic duck , somateria mollissima in Latin, which has been protected by law in Iceland for over a century.

凫是一种生活在北极地带的大型水鸟,拉丁语里叫做“somateria mollissima”。一百多年来,该鸟在冰岛一直受法律保护。

Every spring it returns ashore from its habitat, the North Atlantic ocean , makes a nest, sheds 17 gram of grey, very light down into it and lays 4-5 big eggs. After its ducklings have hatched, all eiders return back to the ocean.

每年春天,凫鸟从其栖息地—北大西洋返回岸边筑巢,并在巢中脱下17克灰色、质地轻柔的羽绒,然后在里面产下4-5枚蛋。当雏凫孵出以后,所有成年凫鸟返回海洋中。

The down left behind, comes only from female, fully grown, live birds. This makes it always mature and uniform.

留下的这些羽绒均来自完全发育成熟的活雌鸟。这就保证了羽绒的成熟与均匀。

Currently, the majority of eiderdown on the world market comes from Iceland where harvesting it is a thousand year old tradition. Only 2.5 t are properly gathered every spring and cleaned by specialized, secret technology which leaves Icelandic eiderdown without contest in quality. This is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, green industry.

目前,全球市场上大部分凫绒来自冰岛。在该国,采集凫绒有着上千年的传统。每年春天,仅适当采集2.5吨凫绒,并经专门的、保密技术清洗,最终成为质量无与伦比的冰岛凫绒。这是一项绿色、环保、可持续发展的产业。