Uganda, Mekeka Designs, Triangle Meditation/Floor Cushion
Product name: Triangle Meditation/Floor Cushion.
Type of product: Pillow
Description (story of the item): This cushion is designed to fit your body in a cross-legged seated position. It has complimentary textiles, both barkcloth and plaited palm leaf that bring you as close to nature as possible within a textile. This cushion features a barkcloth handle so that you can easily carry it with you wherever you need to find that place of calm. The jiri pattern of the plaited palm is expertly hand woven by Florence Nakachwa and her group in Bisanje, Uganda. The intricacies of how to weave the pattern is not written down, but passed down from generation to generation. What is exceptional about all of the plaited textiles is that every step - from collecting and processing the raw materials, to stripping widths of palm for plaiting, then weaving them together - is all done by hand. It truly underscores how exceptional these textiles are as you run your eyes and hands across their surface. The barkcloth side extends to the front in a circular motif. All of our barkcloth is sourced from the members of the Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association (BOFTA), led by 9th generation barkcloth expert Paul Bukenya. At BOFTA, they focus on engaging the community in preserving this knowledge through planting Mutuba trees and training the next generation of makers. Each textile 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%. Recommended for indoor use. (Pillow form not included, recommendations on fillers will be sent)
*To truly find the connection between our textiles, self-care, and nature, each person will have access to a live (recorded option available) group meditation session with the purchase of a meditation/floor cushion. Our session will be led by Llenay
Ferretti, a meditation guide and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher trained at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Llenay has also been in the artisan field for decades and truly understands the intersection of self-care and textiles.
Materials: Natural barkcloth, plaited palm leaf
Measurements / size: 64cm x 96cm x 8cm
Availability / stock level: Due to the impact of COVID, please allow up to 16 weeks for production.