Pillow Pun is a sofa pillow with hand-embroidered statements and decoration. The pillows are made of locally produced Fairtrade hemp. Production is handled by Chinese women who harvest, twist, spin and weave the hemp into lengths of fabric. The hemp is woven in a fixed width that is appropriate for the Miao people’s traditional dress. The pillows are embroidered locally by Lisu women, and each pillow carried the personal imprint of the woman who did the embroidery in the form of an outline of her hand with her name written inside. The pillows are finished in the Kunming office of ‘Threads of Yunnan’. ‘Threads of Yunnan’ is a company that strives to raise the standard of living for village women in the area and offers the women basic schooling and training in hygiene, health and economics. Pillow Pun has moved the traditional drawing room picture into the sofa, and the decorative pillow back into the arms of impassioned consumers. The pillows demonstrate that an age-old embroidery tradition has the capacity to tell entirely new stories and carry new messages.
FairTrade Designers. Est. 2007
FairTrade Designers is a design group that was formed in 2007 by the furniture and product designers Pil Bredahl, Liselotte Risell and Henriette Melchiorsen. All three graduated from The Danish Design School, furniture studies, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, respectively. The group was formed with a vision of creating a sort of alternative third-world aid, where Western over-consumption can benefit the most at-risk people in the world. Thus, FairTrade Designers collaborate with craftspeople in the third world and seek to merge their craft with Danish design, and as a result, FairTrade Designers’ products are a mix of Nordic simplicity and ethnic tradition and techniques.
One of their goals is to renew traditional craft with a view to achieving economic sustainability for the individual designer. The design group finds inspiration for its works in the contact with the people they meet through this collaboration and their individual artistic abilities. FairTrade Designers spark dialogue and draw attention to the third world with room for simplicity, surprises and humour. FairTrade Designers have exhibited in the Asian Pavilion at the Frankfurt exposition, at Sustainable Fashion and Design in Shanghai in 2008, at the Design Biennale in 2009, at Trapholt and at Fabric for Thought – Sustainable Fashion at Koldinghus. They also received support from Danish Crafts in 2007 for their pilot project “Homemade in China” and in 2008 for their Shanghai exhibition.
t-hm-04/Pillow Pun (uniques)
W: 30 cm L: 60 cm
nature with black and multicolur deco