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Cotton Adras Fabric Pillow in Green & Red from Kyrgyzstan

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Take your sofa from drab to dramatic! This fabulous pillow adds both pattern and color to any decor. Made from adras, it's sure to be a focal point in your  living room, den, or indoor porch.

Adras is a fabric made using a technique that is special to the region of the "Stans". Rather than weaving a large piece of fabric and then dying it, or using different colored threads to weave the pattern into the fabric, the thread itself is dyed first. Threads are first laid out roughly as they will be woven. Groups of threads are bound together by string, areas to remain undyed are painted by a wax resist, and the dye is then applied. Once the thread dries, the wax and string are removed, and the thread is ready to weave. The finished pattern will have a bit of blurriness around the edges, since the weaving cannot precisely match the dying. The better the weaver, the tighter the edge, making those clear patterns much more valuable. 

Zulya has endured a great deal in her short 41 years. Tragedy hit her family about 5 years ago when her husband developed an infection in his left leg that couldn't be treated. His leg eventually needed to be amputated just above the knee. His days of working as a taxi driver and providing steady income for his family were over. Zulya had already been working as a seamstress, accepting work from a large-scale dress seller at one of the local markets in the city. After her husband's amputation, she needed to step up and take on more work and has spent many days in the last five years working around the clock to fulfill orders. While it would be easy for her to become focused strictly on the welfare of herself, husband, and three children, Zulya is always eager to share what she does have, whether it's produce from the garden or a loaf of bread. As Zulya gains orders that pay better, she can start working a little less and enjoying her family a bit more. 

  • Made by hand in Kyrgyzstan
  • Cotton adras fabric
  • Pillow measures approximately 12.5" square
  • Pillow form included
  • Zip close
  • Machine wash pillow cover gentle cycle, line dry

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