Japanese Mudcloth Pillow | Grey

$120.00 CAD
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HAND DYED IN JAPAN

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

Story

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. 

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" / 45.7cm x 45.7cm
  • MATERIALS: Pillow cover made from 100% organic cotton with natural plant-based dyes
  • COLOUR: Grey
  • ORIGIN: Fabric hand-dyed in Japan; pillow cover handcrafted in Canada
  • Cover Only - Pillow Inserts Not included

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. There are only a handful of skilled artisans who still practice Kanai Kougei’s distinctive vegetable and mud-dyeing process.

Textiles are dunked in a mud pit, where the iron-rich soil creates a unique colour that can only be produced in Amami. 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.

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