Well hello there and happy Friday. How has your week been? Mine has been, well, mixed. It started with a migraine and ended up with a pulled muscle in my lower back. Hardly ideal! But Wellington has seen some sunshine this week and the books I ordered arrived, so overall I can’t complain. C’est la vie and all that.
Right, time for this week’s cushion of the week. It’s from a company I haven’t yet featured on the blog and which I hope is therefore new for you too. I’ve also deliberately chosen a different colour palette from the indigo hues I’ve been favouring lately. Fingers crossed you like it.
Kalinko is a recent discovery for me but I am super glad I found this brand. Founded by Londoners who have relocated to Myanmar (formerly Burma), Kalinko works with local artisans to make contemporary home accessories using traditional textiles and weaving methods. I’ve chosen their lin cushion, pictured above, for my Cushion of the Week, as I found the striking patterns and the bold red really appealing. And, importantly, really different to alot of the other artisanal items on offer elsewhere at the moment.
I haven’t seen many Burmese textiles around so these make a refreshing change. With just the right mix of global chic and contemporary design, the lin cushion would make a great addition to most rooms and interior schemes. It’s also available in a deep blue, in case you’re not ready to move away from indigo just yet.
Kalinko has a wide variety of other cool designs on offer (and other items that aren’t cushions!), and are most definitely worth checking out. I love that the cushions in particular are handwoven on wooden looms in remote villages. Indeed, Kalinko’s website completely embraces the unique qualities of the items and their likely imperfections:
“They are imperfect and may vary slightly in size and colour. They may have pulls in the thread, or knots where a new piece of yarn has started. Fluff may have drifted on a breeze into the loom and been woven in. They may also vary by a centimetre or so from the dimensions listed. To us these idiosyncrasies make them perfect, and we hope you agree.”
Worldwide shipping is available at reasonable prices, depending on the size of the order. Win!
I’m really impressed with the support and respect these guys show to the local weavers they work with. And with the amount of effort that goes in to making these lovely products, in buying one of them you’ll know that your purchase has actually made a difference in someone’s life rather than added to a shareholder’s big fat cut!
Kalinko are working hard to keep traditional weavers in work but are fighting a difficult battle due to the rise in mass produced, factory-made textiles. As such, all profits from Kalinko’s jacket project go towards buying new looms, yarns and weaving equipment to try to keep the weavers in full time work and these ancient traditions alive.
Erm, yeah, have you seen how beautiful these jackets are? The one above (which is my absolute fave) is currently out of stock, but have no fear, I will be adding myself to their email list so I know when its back and when I can get my order in! Stunning!
So this has been a bit of a lengthy Cushion of the Week post, but what a super store with great values and products to boot, right!? Go on over to Kalinko and check out their full range – I’ll see you there….
Happy travels, and shopping