The premium cotton for these pillows are grown on Mali’s small, local fair-trade farms. After harvest, the cotton is gathered and collected in buckets, the seeds are removed, and the cotton fibers are twisted and spun by hand. A few feet away, artisan weavers entwine the threads using a foot-powered loom, then cut and sew the strips of cotton together to prepare for the dyeing process.
Artisans hand-dye and decorate the cloth with a mixture of fermented river mud and tree leaves. Next, symbols and patterns are painted on the cloth that embody cultural significance. When decorating is complete, the fabric hangs on trees to dry in the sunshine.
These carefully selected pieces of African mud cloth are hand-sewn and hand-dyed in Oregon. Each pillow features a linen back and a 90/10 down insert.
* Due to the nature of the material, patterns may vary and each piece will be unique