Wohepi Lumbar Cushion

Dhs. 579

A living example that ancestry and tradition can find a harmonious home in a contemporary setting. Crafted out of a Hig'i Wohepi textile (traditionally worn by Suvanese high priests), its geometric design with a vibrant color palette of rustic reds and indigos adds a perfect pop of color and cozy to your couch or bedroom.

Hand dyed using traditional ikat technique and woven on a backstrap loom in Savu Indonesia, the fabric takes nearly 18-24 months to dye and weave and a day to reconstruct as a pillow.

This lumbar cushion comes with a pre-filled cruelty-free down alternative insert and handwoven cotton backing in indigo.

Handwoven by a weavers’ cooperative on the island of Savu in Indonesia, this intricate textile is a nod to the Savunese religion, where traditional textiles are still a part of daily life. This unusual Hig’i Wo Hepi textile is worn as man’s hip cloth.

To create this ikat textile, weavers first tie and then dye the yarns using all-natural plant-based dyes. Considered sacred, red dye is only made with a set of rituals and at certain times a year, dictated by the harvest and changes in rain patterns. The name of the textile is itself a tribute to the mastery of Savu’s ikat weavers. “Hig’i” translates as blanket, “wo” means “ikat” and “hepi” refers to the white pattern of the textile. Intentionally left undyed, white patterns denote high skill of the artisan as it truly takes a master to maintain a white area throughout the tie and dye process.

Once the threads are ready, it is woven on a traditional backstrap loom - with the loom wrapped around the weaver’s back, the weaver controls the tension of the thread by leaning forward or back.

To bring you this textile, we’ve partnered with Threads of Life, an association working with over a 1000 women weavers on 12 islands across Indonesia. Handwoven from incredibly soft cotton, Hig’i Wo Hepi is given second life as cushions by Tarum, a natural dyeing workshop and weaving cooperative in Bali. All made start-to-finish in a fair trade environment.

Material: 100% cotton cushion cover | polyester filling

Dimensions: 27cm (w) x 55cm (l) 

Currently we deliver to addresses within the UAE only. 

All in stock items are shipped within 1-2 business days of your placing an order and are usually delivered within 2-3 days of being shipped. For addresses outside the city limits, our delivery partner will reach out to confirm delivery date.

If you live outside of the UAE and are interested in placing an order, please drop us a note on hello@storyofsource.com with your destination address and item you would like to order. We will consult with our delivery partners and update on the possibility, costs and timelines for overseas shipping within 1-2 days.

As all of our items are handcrafted using all-natural fibers and some plant-based dyes, we’ve put together a few words of advice how to best care for them so they brighten up your home for years to come.

HUIPIL CUSHIONS, BATIK & IKAT CUSHIONS, XELA FLOOR POUFS, STRAPS & YOGA BAGS  

Because these items are made with vintage textiles and may include leather accenting or hardware, we recommend that they are professionally dry cleaned when cleaning is required.

JASPE & JASPE BASURA

We recommend that cushions, rugs, throws and bed blankets from these collections are dry cleaned. This will ensure that colors retain their luster and fabric its shape. 

TOTO & CHILE VERDE

Gently wash cushions, bed blankets and throws from these collections by hand, in cool water. Wrap the tassels in rubber bands before washing, use mild soap and line dry to maintain the piece's original shape.

PETRIFIED WOOD 

Clean with a natural or mild cleanser (avoid harsh chemicals) and a soft cloth.

RUGS

Vacuum regularly. Rotate every few months to even out wear, especially if the rug is located in a high traffic area. In case of a liquid spill, blot the spot using a white cloth to draw up the liquid; never rub a wet stain to prevent colors from bleeding. If further spot cleaning is required, entrust your rug to a professional dry cleaning service.

 

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