The kapok tree is a multifunctional plant. The fruit is used as a mattress filling kapok, its coarse fibers can be used as a basic material for mattresses, raincoats, heat-insulating and sound-absorbing materials. The seeds of the fruit, namely klentheng, are processed into lubricating oil and lamp oil.

Seed meal can be used for animal feed. The people of the Philippines and Thailand really like the leaves, flowers and young fruit because they can be eaten. The young leaves contain a lot of calcium. The skin of the fruit is often used as fuel for cooking. The leaves, roots of the kapok tree can be made to treat diarrhea and others by boiling them.

Kapok producing centers such as Karaban village, Gabus sub-district, Pati, where kapok is the main source of livelihood, people are busy daily picking up ripe kapok and falling to the ground. If they have been collected they will be busy with the press machine. The pressed cotton was sent to the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara. People on the islands need kapok from Java as material for making mattresses. In the past, the local market always awaited the kapok from Pati.

Not only that, Indonesia also exports kapok seed meal. So the kapok seeds that have been processed into lubricating oil leave dregs. This waste is then cleaned and processed again with some flavorings so that it becomes animal feed. Countries such as South Korea have imported animal feed from kapok seed meal from Indonesia until now.

In Indonesia, this kapok tree that is resistant to dry weather is commonly found in several cities mentioned above (Kudus, Pati and Jepara), as well as Mojotengah, Pasuruan, East Java. In several countries such as the United States (US), the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand, kapok trees are also found in abundance. The country of origin of kapok is South America.