Shisha Pillow IV

  • Our Shisha Pillow features a handmade shisha embroidery panel framed by West African indigo. Shisha is a traditional embroidery technique from the Kutch and Saurashtra regions of Gujarat in North Western India.

    Shisha is best regarded for its mirror work embroidery. One of the highly recognized and traditional crafts of India, it features an intricate form of sewing mirrored discs onto the fabric through elegant and complex hand stitches. Often applique and patchwork techniques are mixed with mirror work to create the unique styles representative of this region.

    Designs are embroidered on cotton fabric using vibrantly colored threads. A fine awl with a hooked end is held below the cloth and pushed through and back again to create a loop. This process is repeated many times so that a continuous line of chain stitch forms. Mirrors are inset at regular intervals and securely stitched using decorative means into the woven base.

    Hand stitching such as shisha embroidery is a livelihood for women in remote villages, where their work often depicts daily lives and their surrounding environment.

    Each piece of shisha mirror work has a specific story to tell about cultural heritage and the artisan handmade process. Our Shisha Pillows are a luxurious addition to your home, steeped in tradition and craftsmanship.

  • This pillow is 14” x 20” and comes stuffed with a removable down/feather insert enclosed by a brass zipper. The back side of our pillow features 100% Belgian linen sourced from a sustainable mill and our signature Meridian tag.

    Our Shisha Pillow contains an authentic and high quality piece of embroidery from India. Due to its entirely handmade creation process, no two pillows are exactly the same. Minor imperfections may be visible that speak to the handmade process and tell the story of its creator, adding to the character and patina of each piece.

  • All of our textiles are handcrafted using the finest natural materials. To prevent loosening the shape or weave of the vintage cloth, we recommend dry cleaning our pillow covers.

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