Happy Friday everyone! Well, it’s been an interesting week for me. From the overwhelming positivity of International Women’s Day (#feelingthelove) to connecting with a new blogger buddy over here in New Zealand (#buildingnetworks), I’m ready for a quiet weekend I think! But first, here is this week’s cushion of the week, and its a beauty….
To be honest, it was difficult to select just one cushion from The Citizenry’s range – they really are all beautiful. But this one resonated with me because of the blues. I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with indigo lately – indigo mudcloth, indigo shibori, indigo tones in fabrics I’ve spotted for sale in a new ethical venture based in Myanmar – deep blues are everywhere. And rightly so. They really are lovely.
In case you weren’t already aware, I have a bit of giddy girl crush on The Citizenry. I wrote about them a little while ago and basically begged them to come to the UK. Whilst they haven’t yet obliged, they do offer worldwide shipping for their ethically sourced products of joy. I view that as a partial win (even though they technically already offered that before I wrote about them….).
So, about the Nizado Lumbar cushion: based on a Zapotec design, this bad boy takes a fair trade cooperative of 14 Zapotec women in Oaxaca three days to make. That’s pretty damn impressive in terms of skills and ability, and really puts into perspective the effort and commitment that goes into making traditional crafts such as these. And that’s what I love about the Citizenry – they effectively blend old and new to create contemporary designs with just a touch of old-school soul. I would much rather spend a few extra dollars on a cushion like this than on a mass produced one that you know will have several thousand carbon copies in living rooms around the world. Wouldn’t you?
Here’s a close-up of all that lovely texture. Because everyone loves a fuzzy cushion right?
Oooh, there’s actually another reason I opted to choose a cushion from The Citizenry this week. I wanted to let you know that there will be a new collection launching on their site very soon. For those of you that know the store well, you’ll know that The Citizenry group their collections around the countries of the world from which they source their products. To date, collections have predominantly been based around Peru, Argentina, Uganda and Mexico. But next week sees the launch of The Citizenry’s Morocco collection. With promises of their most elegant and exotic collection yet, I’ll be honest that I am more than a touch excited about its launch. I’ll be sure to tweet, pin and instagram any shots I come across once it launches. Keep your eyes peeled for more. Better yet, come and give me a follow so you don’t miss anything…
Out of interest, what do you guys make of lumbar cushions? I have to say that I rather like them. No more lining up your cushions when you make your bed – just chuck a lumbar cushion next to your pillows for instant bedroom glamour. Anything that is both decorative and time-saving is a big win in my book!
There you have it you lovely people – your weekend cushion inspiration from me. I hope you like it and that it inspires you to go and give your own pillows some plumping this weekend #notaeuphemismipromise
Happy travels and shopping,