Patterns used in traditional textiles are very specific in their meaning and use. The motif on this cushion is called tosso balekoan which represents a niddy-noddy that is used for making skeins of yarn after being spun from cotton.
Each textile is tied, dyed and woven by a single woman from the area known as Karataun in Sulawesi. The solid rust color backing is made from handspun cotton and woven on a backstrap loom in Java and dyed with Ceriops tagal in the Threads of Life Dye Studio.
These cushions would be exquisite on a couch, chair or bed. Each cushion cover comes with an inner lining with zipper so all that is required is for you to add the Dacron and enjoy your handmade pillow.
Front panel ikat on cotton with natural dyes, woven in Sulawesi, 2021. Back panel handspun cotton woven on backstrap loom in Tuban, Java, dyed with Ceriops tagal in the Threads of Life natural dye studio. Size 50 x 31 cm / 19.5 x 12 in. Price per piece.
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