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The Journey of a Cushion: From Artisan Hands to Your Home

Our artisan cushions are handcrafted by skilled artisans in Guatemala, Mexico, and India, each bringing their unique traditional weaving techniques to create unique, high-quality cushions. These artisans begin by selecting the finest cotton and wool to ensure the cushions' durability and comfort. Whether it's the traditional backstrap weaving in Guatemala or the footloom weaving in Mexico and India, each technique is a time-honoured craft passed down through generations. Every cushion is a testament to the artisans' expertise and dedication to their craft, reflecting precision and care in every detail.

Artisan weaving on backstrap loom

Materials used in making our cushions

Our artisan cushions are crafted using two primary materials: wool and cotton. These natural fibres are chosen for their exceptional qualities that make them ideal for cushion-making.

Cotton is a highly breathable and soft material, making it perfect for cushions that offer comfort and durability. It is also easy to care for and maintain, withstanding regular use and frequent washing without losing its quality. Cotton's natural fibres are gentle on the skin, providing a cosy and inviting feel. Additionally, cotton's versatility allows it to be dyed in vibrant colours and woven into intricate patterns, adding aesthetic appeal to any living space.

Wool is renowned for its natural resilience and insulating properties. It provides excellent support and retains its shape well, making it ideal for cushions that need to withstand prolonged use. Wool is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it a great choice for those with allergies. Its ability to regulate temperature ensures comfort in both warm and cool climates, while its natural lanolin content makes it resistant to stains and odours. Wool's rich texture and natural luster bring a touch of luxury and warmth to any decor.

By selecting wool and cotton for our cushions, we ensure that each piece offers superior comfort, durability, and style. These materials, combined with the expert craftsmanship of our artisans, result in cushions that not only enhance your living space but also connect you to the rich traditions and natural beauty of this time-honoured craft.

Natural Dyed wool

Techniques and processes of cushion-making

1. Dyes: Our artisans use natural and azo-free dyes to ensure that our cushions are safe and environmentally friendly. Cushions from Mexico are made with natural dyes derived from plants, minerals, and insects, providing vibrant and long-lasting colors. In Guatemala and India, azo-free dyes are used, which are free from harmful chemicals and meet stringent safety standards. These dyes ensure that our cushions are not only beautiful but also sustainable and safe for your home.

2. Weaving: In Guatemala, artisans hand-weave cotton using a traditional backstrap loom, a technique where the loom is anchored to a tree or post and the artisan’s body, allowing for intricate patterns and strong fabric. In Mexico and India, foot-loom weaving is used, where the loom is operated by foot pedals, enabling the creation of larger and more complex designs.

3. Filling: Our cushions come with an OEKO-TEX Ⓡ certified goose and duck feather filled cushion pad, ensuring that it is free from harmful substances and safe for use. This luxurious filling provides excellent support and comfort, enhancing the overall quality of the cushion.

4. Finishing Touches: Once the cushion is woven, sewn together, and stuffed, it undergoes inspection for any flaws or imperfections. Finally, it is packaged and ready to add a touch of style and comfort to your living space.

Due to the nature of handcrafting, accidents can happen, such as uneven dye or a misaligned thread here and there. To avoid waste and ensure that the artisan is still paid fully and fairly for their work, you can shop these 'Happy Mistakes' with a sweet discount on our website here. 

Artisan weaving on backstrap loom

The journey of our cushions from artisans to your home.

Each cushion begins its journey in the hands of an artisan, who weave stories and cultural heritage with every thread. These unique cushion covers travel from the skilled hands of our artisans to us here at Collective-Stories, in Germany. Here we do another round of quality checks to make sure it meets our standards and we add OEKO-TEX Ⓡ certified goose and duck feather filled cushion pads to each cushion cover. When a cushion has found a new home, we pack it up in cotton strong bag and place it in sturdy carton box, to ensure it reach you safely without any tears or stains.

To get your cushions looking great at home, start by unboxing them from their packaging. Gently fluff them up to give them their intended shape. Next, find the perfect spot for each cushion in your living space to add style and comfort. Remember, cushions are versatile and can be placed on sofas, chairs, beds, or even on the floor for a cosy touch.

Deciding on cushion placement and arrangement

When arranging cushions, consider the size of your furniture, and place larger cushions at the back and smaller ones at the front for a balanced look. Varying textures and patterns can add visual interest. Group cushions in odd numbers for a more pleasing display. Mix and match solid colors with patterns to create depth. Experiment with different shapes to add dimension to your space. Don't be afraid to play around with placement until you find a layout that suits your style and comfort.

sustainably and handcrafted wool cushion

Enjoying the comfort and style of your cushions

Cushions come in various styles and materials, offering both comfort and aesthetic appeal to your living space. When choosing cushions, consider the fabric and filling, as they affect the cushion's feel and longevity. Adding cushions to your home can instantly enhance its cosiness and style, giving you a comfortable place to relax.


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