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Jamakhan Cross

Handwoven Cushion



product details

Materials cotton, duck feather pad
Process hand weaving, hand-dyeing
Dimensions H 45cm x W 45cm, H 30cm x W 50cm
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This hand-woven cushion in navy blue and ivory yarn and is part of our ‘JAMAKHAN’ collection of hand-woven textiles. Inspired by the Bhavani ‘Jamakkalams’, that are colourful, graphic floor-coverings from Bhavani, a small town in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

Our contemporary take on this original and iconic textile was created in collaboration with textile designer Sagarika Sundaram and features a simple four-square pattern in navy blue and ivory. It is hand-woven from high-grade Erode cotton yarn and hand-dyed the old-fashioned way in the neighbouring town of Karur. The result is a long-lasting and soft product that is also fade-proof. We suggest dry clean only.

The original Jamakkalam textiles were hand-woven on the famous looms of Bhavani in Tamil Nadu. These looms span about 5m in length and are some of the largest looms in India. The weaving process is quite special and sees the weavers standing in a line throwing the shuttle across to each other at speed as the weft is woven through.

We wanted to update this amazing textile object but have it produced on these magnificent looms by the original community of weavers. Here is a short video of the making process you can watch.

If you liked our JAMAKHAN Cross hand-woven cushion, we have more colours and designs too. Also check out the rugs we made in the same collection here.

We are a product design studio based between Bangalore and London.

India fascinates and inspires us. We think that there is more to Indian design than just sticking an elephant on it, and that Indian craft has more to offer than simply repeating the past.

India can seem a pretty chaotic place. But sitting there, quietly are some really incredible, super functional designs. The “designers” of these objects if they can be found at all, aren’t celebrated in the same way as they are in other countries. Instead design is seen as a bi-product of living. This unassuming approach, with an emphasis on a quiet functionality, is what inspires and drives our creative process.

At Tiipoi, we tell positive and insightful stories of a real India, that is changing and shifting all the time. We don’t want to tell nostalgic stories of its past. We prefer to look at what is happening right now, and highlight India’s role in contemporary design.