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creating chattra

fabric creation

 

Your yoga and meditation space deserves purposeful beauty. chattra bolsters and cushions are thoughtfully designed in collaboration with master artisans of India. We seek inspiration from the culture, spiritual practices, art and architecture of yoga’s birthplace, and craft our small-batch collections in ethical workshops dedicated to preserving India’s textile heritage. 

We don’t rush the process. It can take months to design a single wood block, carve the motif, and color swatch. Making our fabric is a meditative practice: hand-held blocks rhythmically and precisely print small sections, row by row, along lengths of canvas, sometimes requiring two passes for a single design. Embroidery is first concepted in pencil on tracing paper then pin pricked for sample stitching. We add detail like illuminating orange bar tacking & piping and reinforce-stitched strap points, and use only top-rated YKK zippers. Our tassels are woven by a women’s collective; our Nepali prayer flags designed and stitched by sex-traffic survivors. In the US, we finish our zafus, neck cushions and yoga bolsters with top-quality buckwheat hull and cotton fill.

You’ll find us in select studios and retreat centers that appreciate chattra beauty and quality. But by selling mostly online, we’re able to offer beautifully crafted collections at reasonable prices with enough margin to support talented textile artisans and to donate to a few community-based non-profits doing good work. Because we know that shipping can be expensive (bolsters are large and weighty!), we offer free shipping so that there are no surprises at checkout. We’re also intrepid travelers, over shopping along the way to bring you one-of-a-kind finds on chattra.com

We hope you chose chattra hand-crafted beauty for your home and an inspired practice.

Enjoy.

 

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