The Shipibo people of the Amazon rainforest in Peru are experts at using the plants and trees around them for a multitude of purposes. Maria is head of the cooperative we work with to produce our Shipibo cushions, we asked her to show us how she achieves the beautiful natural colours, and here is her step by step guide on how to achieve naturally dyed brown cotton deep in the jungle.
First you have to find a Caoba tree and remove some bark.
Build a fire and boil some river water up in a large pot.
Add the Caoba bark and simmer until water is nice and brown.
Remove the pot from the fire and and add your natural cotton.
Dunk it, soak it
Then dry it in the sunshine.
After some serious embroidery here is the result. These large cushions are constructed in England with contrast piping, grey marled wool backing, and filled with duck feather.
Manati Cushion measures a generous 65 x 55 cm and is available here.
The Ucayali Cushion measures 50 x 50 cm, it is available here.
The Napo Cushion measures 50 50 cm and is available here.