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Awamaki Black Zafu Meditation Cushion features a black and taupe panel and carry strap of naturally dyed, hand-woven alpaca wool on a black cotton canvas base. Zafus are great for spine support and alignment when meditating and during pranayama practice; buckwheat hull fill adjusts to body contours. Hand-crafted cover made in Peru; integrated handle; 100% cotton lining.
Awamaki, chattra’s craft partner for this beautiful, artisan zafu, is a fair-trade co-operative working with women weavers of the Sacred Valley of Peru; they invest in skill development and connect women weavers to markets, enabling them to bring prosperity to their rural villages.
Andean women weave with a traditional back-strap loom strapped around the waist and back and anchored to a wall or tree. Portable, the loom allows them to create textiles while overseeing livestock or supervising children (or both!). The women weavers create their own ‘pallay’ — the Quechua language word for intricately woven design — finding inspiration in their natural surroundings. Divine in any home practice or studio interior.
While recently in Peru, chattra journeyed with Awamaki to the Patacancha and Huillot villages where we spent time learning from and weaving with the local Quechua women. Passing on traditional textile techniques and cultural heritage is important to the indigenous peoples of the Andes: children begin learning to spin raw fiber into yarn, warp looms, and how to create natural dyes at a young age.
View chattra photos from Peru on the chattra blog
chattra zafus are hand finished on order and ship within 48 hours of order receipt via UPS ground.
Zafu details & care
- 14” diameter x 5”H
- 5.5 pounds
- 100% cotton cover with hand-woven wool panel and strap made in Peru
- 100% cotton liner made in India
- tassel shipped may be different than shown in photo
- buckwheat hull fill from USA
- zip closure
- carry handle
- do not heat
- outer cover machine wash cold, line dry; for best results, dry clean
- inner cover spot clean
- assembled in USA