These glorious cushion covers are made up of a traditional cloth woven in Malaka in West Timor using natural dyes and traditional ikat motifs. The red dye process is the most time consuming process of all dyes as roots of barks are pounded, squeezed and threads repeatedly dyed until the desired red is achieved. The solid coloured backing is made by the weavers in Sumba.
The motif on this cushion is called manu or chicken. Chickens are a very important animals in a traditional community. One can rely on its call to wake the community every morning. So like the chicken that gets up early so should the people be hard working and wake early. Chickens are also required for ceremonies as well as providing flood for daily life.
These handmade natural dyed 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.
Ikat with natural dyes on cotton and woven in Timor, 2023. Size 49 x 23 cm / 19.5 x 9 in
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