Uganda, Mekeka Designs, Circle Palm and Barkcloth Small Lumbar Pillow
Product name: Circle Palm and Barkcloth Small Lumbar Pillow
Type of product: Pillow
Description (story of the item): Our two sided pillow brings together plaited palm, natural barkcloth, and handwoven cotton. Our Biri Biri plaited palm is hand made by Florence Nakachwa and her team in Bisanje, Uganda. The name comes from the over two (biri) under two (biri) twill structure that is used to create the plaited surface. Each piece is made by hand - from drying and stripping the Enkindukindu palm to plaited the thin strips together. The palm has a natural waxy layer that gives a slight sheen to the surface of the textile. The natural barkcloth from the Mutuba tree is made by 9th generation makers from Bukomansimbi, Uganda. With their co-op BOFTA, these experts can trace each piece of barkcloth to the farmer, processor, and soon, to each tree. The reverse of this pillow is handwoven, 100% Ugandan cotton grown and processed at Fine Spinners Uganda Ltd. It is beautifully woven on countermarch floor looms by Grace Kirabo’s team at TEXDA. Each textile features a side zipper and is crafted entirely by hand from materials from nature. Slight variations in tone, surface, and structure are to be expected. Goods vary in design 5 -7%. (Pillow form not included)
*Textiles can engage our senses and bring about a sense of calm when we bring them into our home environments. With each pillow purchase, each person will have access to a live (recorded option available) grounding therapy workshop. Cohosted by counselor and trauma therapist Tiffany Reves (MA, LPC-S, NCC), we will explore how to engage with our textiles as tools for self-care and grounding. Tiffany will lead participants in activities that engage with our senses and teach us how to bring more balance into our lives.
Materials: Natural barkcloth, plaited palm leaf, handwoven cotton
Measurements / size: 38cm x 50cm
Availability / stock level: Due to the impact of COVID, please allow up to 16 weeks for production.