Indigo Ikat Pillow Cover

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$89 USD
$89 USD
DESCRIPTION

Real hand-dyed indigo textiles are hard to find and these are a true work of art you will be proud to display in your home. You can really tell the craftsmanship of the ancient technique that went into making these. The dying tradition is a meticulous and time consuming process. Natural indigo contains no chemicals or toxic metals and fabrics dyed with indigo are believed to be good for the skin.

  • Material: Handwoven, indigo dyed cotton + cotton lining
  • Measurements: 16" x 16" or 18" x 18"
  • Details: Zippered closure
  • Handmade with love in Laos
  • As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind.
  • Note: This is only the cover. Pillow insert not included.

Artisan Profile

Laos is a country of diverse ethnic groups, each with unique and highly adept craft and artisan skills, but the pressures of modern life and the availability of cheap factory made imports have resulted in Lao people giving up their crafts and their rural livelihoods. As a result, many of the crafts of Laos are vanishing art forms. Our design and production teams work closely with artisan groups in Laos to create items that fit modern, natural lifestyles while still retaining the spirit of traditional craftsmanship. Guided by the principles of fair trade, we work to create employment opportunities for villagers, especially women, and to reduce poverty and each product is made and finished in the villages.

The cotton used to make these pillows is planted by hand and watered by the monsoon rains. It takes eight months for the plant to produce the cotton flower, then it is picked by hand, ginned by hand (a difficult and tedious activity), and then spun into yarn by hand. Traditional wood and bamboo looms are used by weavers to transform the cotton fiber into cotton cloth.

Indigo dying is a skill that is passed on through generations and is an ancient art steeped in myths. Menstruating women are kept away from the indigo jars for fear of upsetting the “indigo spirit” and rendering the dye useless. Indigo dye is made from the leaves and shoots of the “kharm” plant, which grows in many areas in Laos. Getting the raw materials for indigo may be easy, but making it is an art.  It involves fermentation of the “kharm” and keeping the mixture in air-tight jars at the required temperature. 

 

Delivery Times ⏱ 🚛 🎁

We're committed to making ethics stylish by design. And a big part of that is avoiding waste from excess production. That's why many of our products are print on demand, which means we produce them individually when ordered, not en masse like fast fashion retailers.

• North America: 3-12 business days
• Europe: 3-15 business days
• Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: 2-4 weeks
• Asia Pacific: 3-5 weeks
• Latin America and the Caribbean: 2-4 weeks
• North Africa and the Middle East: 2-4 weeks

• Sub-Saharan Africa: 3-5 weeks 

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Tracking 📍 

We include tracking automatically for all orders on our store. Tracking in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia & NZ is reliable and consistent. Please note that tracking outside those regions depends on local carriers and the quality of tracking can vary from place to place.

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We Ship Items Separately 💌 🎁 📦

All our items are packaged with care and mostly grouped by product type for shipping—so if you order a phone case, pillow, and an art print in the same order they will arrive in three separate packages

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Returns / Exchanges 🎁 ♻️ 🎁

• You're welcome to return or exchange any items in your order — open a return request within 15 days of delivery
• All returned items must be received in their original condition within 30 days
• We will notify you once we're satisfied with the condition of the returned item(s)
• After we approve your return, you will be refunded via your original payment method within 1-2 weeks—includes processing time between our bank and yours
• Hate waiting? Activate exchange/store credit within 24hr after your return/refund is approved
• We do not accept returns/exchanges of sale items
• Original shipping fees are non-refundable
• Return shipping fees are refundable for faulty items, incorrect items or goods damaged in transit
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