Jag Bags FAQ

To answer the questions we're often asked about JagBags, we've put together this brief FAQ section. Here you'll be able to read about the origins of JagBags, care of silk and much more. If you'd like more detailed information or advice please contact us on info@terrevista.co.uk and we'll be pleased to help.

Q:  I live in New Zealand, can I buy a JagBag there or have one delivered locally?

At the moment we don't have any JagBag stockists in New Zealand - even though we make them there.  We do have JagBags available in New Zealand though not the full range.  Please contact us directly and we'll give you full details on what models/colours are available, prices and delivery options.

Use the contact form and tell us what you're interested in - we'll get right back to you.

Q:  Are JagBags 100% silk?

Absolutely!  Our silk is 100% habatoi silk with a weight of 8 momme. It is absolutely not blended with any other fibre.  Any fibre described as art, artificial or synthetic silk isn't silk - whatever it's maker say.  

Price is a good indication too - if something's described as silk and it's very cheap - it's not silk!  Pure silk is an expensive product, that's a fact of life.

Q: What is Habotai silk?

Habatoi silk, is soft and supple but is also very durable.  The density of its weave ensures that it's not only hard wearing but that it also has excellent performance, wicking away moisture from the body in hot climates and adding extra insulation and warmth when used as a sleeping bag inner liner. 

Q: Where are JagBag liners made?

JagBags were originally made in New Zealand by a family firm, Jackie Gardiner Batiks Ltd.  Jackie and her husband Boyd decided to take well earned retirement at the end of 2010 and ownership of the business passed to Paul Roberts, the owner of Terrevista Trails.  Paul was no stranger to JagBags, having sold them for many years in Europe from his Terrevista Trails website.  He's also used them in travels across the UK, Europe, SE Asia and even while tramping back in New Zealand!

Despite being based in Scotland, Paul was keen that JagBags were still made in their country of origin, New Zealand - and this is still the case today.  JagBags are still made and dyed in New Zealand by a small team from the same high quality silk, sourced from China. 

Q: Why should I use a JagBag silk liner?

Using a JagBag liner will bring you many benefits on your travels:

  • Use in a sleeping bag for extra warmth - a JagBag will add around a season to a bag
  • A liner will keep the inside of your sleeping bag clean
  • In warm climates use the JagBag instead of sleeping bag or sheets
  • In the tropics a Jag Bag will help keep you cool at night by wicking moisture away from your body
  • A JagBag will help protect you from biting insects
  • In 'budget' hotels and hostels, sleep in the bed inside a Jag Bag - avoid those suspect sheets!

Q: How do I wash my Jag Bag

Gently!  Silk is a wonderful natural material and individual threads are, size for size, stronger than steel.  BUT, it needs to be looked after properly.  Keep your JagBag clean and it will last for years, mis-treat it and it will wear out in months.  Hot water and hot air will degrade your silk very quickly. Here's how to look after your Jag Bag silk sleeping bag liner.

 Wash in lukewarm water  Hot water
 Use travel wash gel or hair shampoo  Normal washing powder or gel
 Hand wash  Washing machine*                                   
 Dry naturally but out of direct sunlight  Tumble dry
   Fabric conditioner

 * If you have no choice but to use a washing machine use travel wash or shampoo and use the 'Handwash' or 'Delicate' setting.