This quilted pillow is made with linen, cotton: all recycled fabrics from other projects made in the atelier. The colors are obtained using natural (plant based) dyes. Traditional quilts 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).
One of the indigo fabrics in this pillow is created with a Japanese waving technique called Ikat. Ikat - literally means tie and in the malay language it means "to bind". In ikat the pattern is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed and the yarns are woven into cloth with various patterns depending on the bindings.
The blues in this quilt 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.
Quilted pillow - Indigo Ikat & linen
Size: 50x50 cm
Shell fabric: MIX recycled left over fabrics - Cotton, Linnen
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.