The Oasis pillow is a one-of-a-kind pillow was made from appliqued and batik fabric from India and handwoven fabric from Guatemala. It is a wonderful example of combining different surface applications including applique, batik block printing and tapestry weave. The colorful palette will bring cheer to any décor.
18.5” x 18.5” ( 47 cm x 47 cm)
Front - cotton
Back – polyester blend, in ecru
Down feather insert
Fabric origin: India, Guatemala
This one-of-a-kind playful pillow is a wonderful example of combining different surface applications. The twice dyed organic pattern turquoise and olive green batik wood block stamp print is on the left. Cut and laid fabric pieces of figurative brown dogs and pink camels and gray teal palm trees are outlined with multi-strands of thread and tacked in place using the embroidery technique of couching. Above the brown piping, is a border of appliqued light blue triangles with decorative pink couched circles embellished with embroidery. Judging by the motifs, I believe this piece of fabric was made either in Gujarat or Rajasthan, located in the north and western part of India. Truth be told, the Indian fabric is from a jacket I purchased in the late 1980’s and wore to my hearts delight for many years.
Below, is a traditional “slit” technique tapestry weave from the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The contemporary geometric pattern is enhanced with the use of different colors across the weaving creating a play on the positive and negative space. This is a vintage piece of fabric and, at one time, the colors were probably very vibrant. Now, it complements the two other fabrics, all bringing uniqueness to this pillow.