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The classic, rich patterns of ikat cloth inspired the print of our Horizon Ikat Half Zafu Retreat Meditation Cushion. A coveted commodity along Asia’s great Silk Road, the skill and time required to dye and weave ikat is so revered in some cultures it’s believed the cloth is imbued with magical powers. If you’re ever at Lotsa Temple in Alchi in Ladakh, look for ikat patterns painted on the ceilings. Hand block printed in beautiful blue by master artisans in India, this chattra beauty is accented with illuminating orange, a color significant in Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths, and festooned with a colorful tassel like those seen on the camels of Rajasthan’s great Thar Desert. 100% cotton cover and liner; adjustable buckwheat hull fill contours to the body. So lovely you won't want to put away your chattra meditation cushion.
-pelvic tilt and spine alignment for enhanced prana flow
-seated meditation comfort in lotus and virasana
-lower back lift in setu sarvangasana
-foot support in halasana
-knee support and weighted belly comfort in savasana
-support in supta baddha konasana
-pair with a chattra zabuton for leg & knee support and added comfort
Block printing is a multi-step process requiring skill and patience. This textile technique is believed to have originated in India, and is traditionally passed from one generation to the next. Master carvers trace a design motif onto a wood block then tap the design into the wood to guide chiseling a re lief pattern. Fabric is pre-washed then pinned in place on a long printing table. An ink master mixes color and skilled printers block print ink to cloth, slowly and meticulously repeating the process along the fabric length to create beautiful, unique textiles. The printed fabric is then heated to set and bond ink, followed by washing and pressing before cutting and stitching. Imperfections including ink density and block alignment are characteristic of this ancient printing method.
details & care
-1/2 zafu size: 14” L x 8” W x 4.5” H
-100% cotton cover & liner
-access to fill for height adjustment
-zip closure & carry handle
-outer cover machine wash cold, line dry; dry clean for best results
-inner cover spot clean
-covers & tassel made in India
-USA buckwheat hull fill
-hand finished on order, ships via UPS ground