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This braided pillow is made with cotton, and hemp: all recycled fabrics from other projects made in the atelier. Traditional star origami inspire the design. The filling in the pillow is made out of 100% recycled pet bottles, and itfeatures a blind zipper in polyester (still looking for recycled blind zippers).


The pillow is folded, ironed and stitched by Maria in her atelier. The technique for this pillow is inspired by a Japanese technique called origami, from ori meaning "folding" in Japanese. The goal of origami is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. In the AMK atelier the technique is made with materials and fabrics instead of paper.


The blues in this pillow are created using Indigo. Indigo is a dye different than any other. It does not require a mordant, rather it is dyed through a living fermentation process. A vat of indigo is complex and requires proper instruction, experience, commitment, and comprehension of what's going on in the dye vat, and requires maintaining a balanced alkaline solution. To achieve dark blue I immerse the fabric in the dye bath numerous times, allowing the cloth to dry between sessions, layering the color on the cloth creates a darker blue with each dip. Some of the blue fabric is dyed in my atelier, and some are saved fabric pieces form projects where the indigo was dyed industrially.


Each pillow is handmade and unique, so no pillow will have the same material or look. As this is product is made of natural fibers and colors the pillow can change color slightly intime. This is normal for this kind of product.

Pillow indigo origami

  • Details:

    Size: 50x50 cm



    Shell fabric: 100% Cotton

    Inner cushion: 100% Recycled PET bottles

    Labels: 100% Organic cotton

    Hidden zipper: Metal and polyester 


    Made in Amsterdam


    AMK atelier creates a limited collection of decorative pillows made of recycled materials. 

    By purchasing this pillow you donate €5 in support of workers in the clothing industry in India, that are suffering from the corona pandemic crisis – read more about the collaboration here.


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