The Lawa pillow richly combines three beautiful fabrics each uniquely and skillfully created from the countries of India, Nepal and Thailand. This bold red, white and black one-of-a-kind pillow will make a statement in any setting.
20” x 20” ( 50.8 cm x 50.8 cm)
Front - cotton
Back - hopsack linen, in black
Down feather pillow insert
Fabric origins: India, Nepal, Thailand
On this pillow, bold white geometric embroidery forms a decorative pattern on hand woven black fabric along with a thin, white, line grid work weave from India, on the upper left. The group who produced this fabric is a fair trade women’s development organization called Sasha based in Calcutta, India. I have had the opportunity to visit Sasha several times. Their work is beautifully done Preserving traditional hand embroidery is of great importance to Sasha.
The red, silver gray, and black geometric Dhaka fabric from Nepal is an intricate and traditional hand weaving technique practiced by weavers for many generations. Dhaka geometric patterns are unique and special. The Dhaka fabric is truly a form of rich cultural expression that reflects Nepali’s mastery of craftsmanship.
The third fabric on the right, is from Thailand and was woven either by the Karen or Lawa hill tribes in northern Thailand. It is a supplementary warp and weft technique that creates the delicate white patterned stripes running both horizontally and vertically. The red and black are traditional colors used in their clothing. With most houses are built on stilts, women can be seen weaving on either traditional backstrap looms or on floor looms sheltered from the sun beneath the first floor of their homes.