Sumba pahikung cushions, yellow ochre

S/N:SUMBA11 & 12

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Sumba pahikung cushions, yellow ochre

These cushions are so pretty, I love them! They are made from a vintage Sumba tube skirt that has been woven using the pahikung technique.
Pahikung is a weaving technique used on horizontal back tension looms that use supplementary warps to decorate the textile with an infinite range of geometric and zoomorphic designs, many incorporating the rich iconography of Sumba Island. The colours are wonderful. They are natural dyes and have mellowed to a soft yellow ochre and pinky-red coral. The darker patterning is made using a colour, I think a dark blue, that was added after the weaving was finished.
I've backed the cushions with a terracotta coloured vintage hemp, and there are zip fasteners and feather pads.


  • H: 41cm (16in)
  • W: 61cm (24in)



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I am inspired by the exquisite textiles designed and woven long ago by artisans often in some of the most challenging environments in the world. I love to find a new use for these textiles so that they become relevant in today’s interiors. Turning them into beautiful and unique cushions or lampshades or simply by framing them as a piece of wall art.

I particularly love the bright colours of the silk dowry textiles woven by the minority groups in South West China and the more organic raphia cloths and cotton stripweaves from the Kuba and Yoruba ethnic groups in West Africa.

My signature look mixes these bright and sophisticated silk brocades (especially the pinks!) with the contrasting rustic indigos and cottons, often embellished with embroidery or applique.

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