Climbing Monkey Cushion – Hemp
A one of a kind, luxurious handwoven silk cushion in a traditional Laotian motif with an updated colour palette to suit a discerning, modern home. Truly a statement piece- both from a design perspective and from a cultural heritage perspective. This work of art is intended to remain in your home forever!
Handwoven in Laos by LaoTextiles, Carol Cassidy
Custom designed in collaboration with Kinship and Lao Textiles
This cushion is handwoven by a team of female masterweavers in Vientiane, Laos. Each cushion is hand crafted with the ancient Lao weaving technique of "discontinuous, supplementary weft patterning". It is then sewn and finished at Yalla Trappan in Sweden, an organisation that supports immigrant women coming into Swedish society. We support and lift women in vulnerable communities and everything is made start-to-finish in a fair trade environment.
Each cushion is a labour of love, artistry and time. It takes over 3 weeks to complete each textile. The preparation and dyeing of the silk is a meticulous “by hand” process- from cleaning the silk to hand dyeing, threading the loom and preparing the complex pattern system. The weaving itself takes 5 days or about 10 cm/day. A weaver needs to be trained for several years in order to have the skill set to hand weave these complex brocades.
The Climbing Monkey/Tree of Life motif is derived from the Tai Mouey people of NorthEastern Laos. In this textile, the monkey is climbing a coconut palm, considered the tree of life and thus a symbol of longevity.
Measurements: 40cm x 65cm / 16in x 26in
Materials: 100% handwoven silk
Colours: hemp, coffee brown, coral, straw yellow, black. A contemporary palette with on trend colours for fall.
Please note: each product is unique. There may be colour and design variations between products. This is the nature of hand made and means that your product is truly a one of a kind piece.
Care: This is a one of a kind, limited edition handwoven product. Please treat with care and respect. Dry clean only.
Pillow insert not included