The front side of the cushion is hand-knotted with upcycled yarns from the carpet industry in Nepal.
By only using leftover yarn there is no new impact on the environment.
The yarns are hand selected according to the colour needs of the designs. Due to the limited quantity of each colour of the leftovers yarns, each pillow is truly unique and won’t have the same colours as others.
These are prime quality yarns, they are exactly the same one as the one used to make high-end carpets. We’re simply reusing the remaining yarns from the big carpets production and making a very small carpet to use it as the front side of a pillow.
The backside is a crochet made from Himalayan nettle.
It’s a natural fiber that doesn’t require any irrigation, and the whole plant as a use either for traditional medicine or for making yarns.
The yarn making process doesn’t require chemical or machine process, it’s all done by hand and using natural products such as ashes or clay.
The nettle also contribute to improve social and economical links within Nepal, since it’s different local comunities that do the different task (harvesting, spinning, crocheting)
Socially responsible partners
Takiyā only works with socially responsible partners.
The workshop producing the cushion is certified by the swiss label Step.
It makes sure that the workers receive fair wage, that there is no child labor and that the children of the workers get access to education.
The company providing the nettle crochet is creating work opportunities for several communities accross nepal, allowing them to keep their traditional lifestyle and tradition while getting an income.
The nettle is provided by a company that helps create livelihoods in some of the most disadvantaged communities accross Nepal.
People living in remote and poor areas of Nepal are able to keep their traditional lifestyle and earn an income through handicraft of nettle products.
Preserving a local technique
The tibetan rug are made with a specific knotting technique that only exists in Tibet, Nepal, India and Bhutan.
The technique arrived in Nepal in the early 60s with the influx of tibetan refugees. Nepali mastered the technique and improved it to make carpets of higher density and are now offering the best quality carpets.
Production of carpets in Nepal has however dropped rapidly over the last 10 years, and the handicraft behind tibetan rugs risks getting lost. Takiya seeks to preserve and honor this through sustainable production and design.