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Silk was the fabric that sewed up Nancy Morgan's trademark for DreamSacks, lightweight sleep sheets popular with travelers.

Less than a decade later, the 57-year-old Ashland resident obtained a second trademark, this one for her bamboo-fiber clothing, bedding and accessories.

BambooDreams joined Morgan's DreamSacks brand at hundreds of boutiques nationwide and large outdoor-gear companies like L.L. Bean. The goods also are sold at www.dreamsack.com.

"A lot of people know us now because of the bamboo," Morgan said, adding that it's become more popular than silk.

Chinese bamboo used in making her cloth is certified organic, sustainably harvested and requires no irrigation, Morgan said. The fiber is touted as hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, although producers legally are barred from making those claims, Morgan said.

New federal regulations compel manufacturers to specify the cloth as viscose or rayon from bamboo, she added.

Morgan's next medium is lyocell, also known by its trademarked name Tencel, made from sustainably grown eucalyptus trees.

With its new endeavors, DreamSacks Inc. has outgrown its facility on Ashland's Clear Creek Drive and will move this summer to a larger warehouse at the town's Helman and Hersey streets.


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