Weighted blankets produced for therapeutic purposes are generally made of poly pellets, which are small, weighted, synthetic balls which are relatively maneuverable and when inserted inside cloth make for a movable fabric. These blankets are made of copper coated BBs, their round form also allowing them to roll within the confines of the pocket, keeping the weight even across the form as the body moves.
The total, finished weight of this garment is 16 lbs. The weight has the effect of grounding someone in a place. In space. Like thinking of your feet as the roots of a tree. This is a psychological armor: a porous armor, a membrane. It subjectively lets in and lets out. What is this armor’s interior? In this case the interior, the human form, is allowed access to its exterior. It is allowed room to breath. The invisible force of weight is the most important player. It is one invisible, gravitational force working against invisible, exterior psychological forces. Copper was used not only for it’s capacity toward conductivity and electromagnetic shielding but also for it’s history as a part of Samurai armor and for its folk medicinal healing powers. While silk is the strongest natural fiber on earth, the woven cloth is perceived as delicate and fragile. The material holds the weight it has been given now, and under pressure it will survive roughly 100 years.