It's a culture on its own - just like the green ceramic egg for grilling meats; or the insane preoccupation with Volkswagens - it's a down comforter, the DUVET. Pronounced dooVAY. So warm, so light. Like sleeping under a cloud, so unbelievably comfortable.
Each thing you get needs more things to go with it. The accessories make it better and more fun so you get more out of it.
Don't worry about the pristine snow white fabric - we can buy a duvet cover and then you don't have to clean the duvet. It's a blanket for the blanket! Just throw the duvet cover into the washer.
Well we didn't know enough about how to wrestle that huge blanket into its envelope, so it was quite a tussle. Once it was spread into the cover and the edges all matched up, there was no way to keep the comforter from sliding around in there.
There was a lot more cover than there was duvet and the excess bunched up. It was more difficult to make the bed than ever. And every morning the entire business was covering more of the floor than the bed.
We now have a duvet cover to donate and a comforter to drop off at the dry cleaner.