End of the Dream
Though Dream On sold all types of futons, even ones with inner springs, Doreen's handmade futons are thin and portable, "for traveling, for storing away in a closet-just four batts." She also makes smaller ones for meditation cushions. She would like to continue to make them but says "I'm not sure I'll be able to get the ingredients anymore." One supplier, cotton garnetter F. Hyman in Chicago, has listed its four-story factory for sale. (Garnetting is what turns bales of raw cotton into the weblike batts sewn into futons). "I'm sure there are other cotton garnetters, but that was mine," she says. "This whole thing of buying everything from overseas has put a clamp on businesses. We don't have any mills that make fabric. We used to have the bedding companies." She does plan to continue sewing smaller cushions and mats to sell at the Farmers' Market.