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Front: This pillow cover is Handprinted Hmong Batik and made of cotton
Back: 100% organic cotton
Origin (Front): Chiangmai, Thailand
Origin (Backing): Delhi, India
Invisible Zipper Close, Serged Edged
Color: Shades of indigo blues
Insert Not Included
Care: Spot Cleaning Recommended. May wash in cold water on delicate cycle.
Meet Chai: Chai is Thai for a lively person who is filled with joy. This stunning handprinted Hmong hemp pillow made by the Hmong Hilltribe in the North of Chiangmai, Thailand brings happiness to all those who bring him into their home. This pillow definitely adds a lively and joyful addition to any room and goes with practically any color combination. Some fabric is vintage and has been recycled from old Hmong clothing.
The Hmong are an ethnic group that are thought to originate from the plains of Tibet and Mongolia, moving southwards through China during the nineteenth century. In present times, they are known to live in the mountains of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Hmong people are known for their colorful handmade outfits and their elaborate embroidery which can be seen in everything from hats, skirts and baby carriers to household items like blankets and bedding as well as used for ceremonial purposes. Traditionally, the preferred fabric had been hemp but Hmong people now also use cotton and synthetic fabrics as the process of making hemp is lengthy. The embroidery consists of bold geometric patterns and designs known for their vibrant and contrasting colors. Different techniques are associated with geographical regions and cultural subdivisions within the global Hmong community. The Hmong do not have a traditional written language and so textiles have become a form of visual expression with the designs being influenced significantly by nature. Today, the practice of embroidery continues to be passed down through generations of Hmong people and remain a defining part of the Hmong culture with batik and embroidery skills being passed down from mother to daughter. In this culture, a girl’s success in getting married will depend upon her skills in these areas where girls may be wed as young as thirteen years of age.
Please be advised this pillow cover is made to order and may vary slightly in design from photo pictured above. No two fabrics are identical. Due to the handmade nature of this material there may be slight variances and markings. These imperfections contribute to the authenticity of the fabric and are not considered flaws. Rather, they add to the product’s character and charm.
The quality and craftsmanship of our products are at the heart of every package we send out. We take quality control very seriously to ensure that you receive a beautiful item that has been throughly reviewed. Any holes or loose seems have been repaired by hand on a case by case basis so as to not compromise the authenticity of this handmade textile.