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Japanese Mudcloth Pillow | Mustard

$120.00
HAND-DYED IN JAPAN

Rich, earth tones are highlighted with these organic cotton throw pillows––dyed using natural plant pigments.

Color: Mustard

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A great solid foundation for all of your styling needs, these 100% natural pillows add the perfect finish touch to any couch, accent chair, or bed. Includes the pillow cover with a premium pillow insert.

The Kanai Kougei Workshop has mastered the ancient art of mud-dyeing using natural plant pigments. The slate grey is created with colours extracted from the cochineal, a South American cactus insect with a vivid pink hue. The cloth is then soaked in iron-rich mud from local rice fields which balances out the pink colour and turns it into a silvery grey.

Handcrafted by a group of master dyers on Amami Ōshima, the largest of southern Japan’s Satsunan islands, each pillow is made start-to-finish in a small, fair trade environment.

Details
  • MEASUREMENTS: 18" x 18"
  • MATERIALS: Pillow cover made from 100% organic cotton with natural plant-based dyes, includes 100% down pillow insert
  • COLOUR: Grey
  • ORIGIN: Fabric hand-dyed in Japan; pillow cover handcrafted in Canada
Product Care

Machine washable, or spot clean with a gentle detergent.

MEET THE ARTISAN

Japan

Kanai Kougei Studio

In a land renowned for its craft culture, the Kanai Kougei studio has been perfecting the ancient art of mud dyeing which has existed for over 1,300 years. Located on Amami Ōshima, the largest of southern Japan’s Satsunan islands, there are only a handful of skilled artisans who still practice Kanai Kougei’s distinctive vegetable and mud-dyeing process.

Dorozome is a two-part dyeing process that starts by cutting Yeddo branches down to be boiled over a fire, creating a brown natural dye called Sharinbai. Textiles are repeatedly dunked in the Sharinbai, rinsed and then dunked in a mud pit, where the iron-rich soil creates a unique colour that can only be produced in Amami. This process is often repeated up to 80 times to create the final product.

The combinations of mud-dyed grey and vegetable-dyed colors including indigo give textiles an expressive depth.

The dedication to tradition and passion of these artisans is inspiring people around the world to rediscover these ancient techniques.