Cushion CoverTraditional Textiles
This cushion is made up of a traditional cloth woven on Kalimantan island with traditional pattern of the Dayak Desa ethnic group. Kalimantan textiles have been highly sought after over the centuries by collectors. 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.
The motif on this cushion is called sandung which is the traditional shrine that stands in front of each long house. We have left the front of the woman’s skirt, that this originates from, to include the hand stitching along the seam of one of the pillows. The stitching on the one piece in different colours seems to mimic a spine which is the support of a human body. This kind of imagery is often transferred to a textile. The images of the two pillows are different but would have appeared together on the front of the skirt.
The pair of these handmade natural dyed cushions would be exquisite on a couch, chair or bed.
Woven in Sintang, Kalimantan, 2020.
60 x 31 cm / 23.5 x 12 in
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