Cotton Traders is a family-run company specialising in down and feather inners as well as fine bed linen. We have been in operation since 1989. We are the largest importer and processor of down and feathers on the African continent and are currently processing over 600 metric tonnes of filling and using over 1 million meters of fabric in our operations each year. Our fabrics are sourced from suppliers with whom we have good relationships with and from whom we are assured of receiving only the highest quality materials. All our fillings are processed (at our specialised plant and under our supervision) to exceed international standards. Whilst we do import certain raw materials not available locally we manufacture in South Africa and support local industry wherever possible. We employ over 200 South Africans in our 7000m2 factory in Brackenfell, Cape Town.
Upper Darling Street - Cape Town. We opened factory in a small building in Upper Darling Street (Cape Town) with just over 30 people. Early on we established a reputation as manufacturers of superior bedding products: our natural fill duvets, pillows and linen were of a very high quality, and good value for money. With increasing demand we expanded rapidly.
Selkirk Street - Cape Town. Once here our workforce doubled over the first two years and kept growing. We increased out linen manufacturing side and started supplying chain stores with their inner products.
Searle Street - Cape Town. This factory allowed us to expand further. It was here that we decided to include embroidery into our manufacturing processes and we bought our first embroidery machine. We continued to grow in this space and once again we found ourselves outgrowing the space.
Goud Street - Brackenfell. Three times we've had to move to larger factories and are now based in Brackenfell (just outside Cape Town) in a 4,500m2 building with just over 200 employees in our company group. We do on-site processing of down & feathers (washing, sterilising, de-dusting and sorting). We are the largest processor of down & feathers in Africa, currently processing over 600 metric tons a year and using over 1 million meters of fabric. Throughout our company expansions the family-side of our business has also grown and Cotton Traders is now host to quite a few family trees, both in management and in production. We're very proud to say that our factory is run by the founding director and his family and that so many of our employees have family members working beside them. It's also a matter of pride with us that, despite our growth and subsequent relocations, most of our original 30 staff have stayed with us and continue to produce the same high quality goods that originally established the business.