Real hand-dyed indigo textiles are hard to find and these are a true work of art you will be proud to display in your home. You can really tell the craftsmanship of the ancient technique that went into making these. The dying tradition is a meticulous and time consuming process. Natural indigo contains no chemicals or toxic metals and fabrics dyed with indigo are believed to be good for the skin.
As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind.
Note: This is only the cover. Pillow insert not included.
Laos is a country of diverse ethnic groups, each with unique and highly adept craft and artisan skills, but the pressures of modern life and the availability of cheap factory made imports have resulted in Lao people giving up their crafts and their rural livelihoods. As a result, many of the crafts of Laos are vanishing art forms. Our design and production teams work closely with artisan groups in Laos to create items that fit modern, natural lifestyles while still retaining the spirit of traditional craftsmanship. Guided by the principles of fair trade, we work to create employment opportunities for villagers, especially women, and to reduce poverty and each product is made and finished in the villages.
The cotton used to make these pillows is planted by hand and watered by the monsoon rains. It takes eight months for the plant to produce the cotton flower, then it is picked by hand, ginned by hand (a difficult and tedious activity), and then spun into yarn by hand. Traditional wood and bamboo looms are used by weavers to transform the cotton fiber into cotton cloth.
Indigo dying is a skill that is passed on through generations and is an ancient art steeped in myths. Menstruating women are kept away from the indigo jars for fear of upsetting the “indigo spirit” and rendering the dye useless. Indigo dye is made from the leaves and shoots of the “kharm” plant, which grows in many areas in Laos. Getting the raw materials for indigo may be easy, but making it is an art. It involves fermentation of the “kharm” and keeping the mixture in air-tight jars at the required temperature.
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Please also note that if your purchased item is on pre-order, it may take longer to arrive at your doorsteps due to manufacturing delays. Most pre-ordered products will take about 45 business days to ship.
Shipping & Handling Process
Our handling time usually takes about 2-3 business days and then the orders are handed over to our shipping partners.
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Shopping for your home should be fun, so don’t be afraid to mix things up! If an item isn’t the perfect match, return it for a refund within 30 days of delivery in the original condition and packaging.
You can choose between a refund in store credit or a refund to your original payment method.
Shanti Home does not cover the cost for return shipping. As soon as we receive the return from you to our warehouse, we will begin to process the return which will take 2-3 business days.
Please contact us using the contact form to the side to initiate a return! :)
Damaged or Defective Items
We know how frustrating this situation can be. We will issue you a brand new item once we confirm the item was defective. If the item is to be returned, shipping costs are to be covered by us.
We’ll provide return instructions for the damaged or defective item. Be sure to complete this process within 30 days of the delivery date.
We apologize for your less than perfect experience.
How can I cancel my order?
As long as your product has not been submitted for fulfillment by us, we can cancel the order. If the cancellation has been requested prior to 12 hours, there is a 4% cancellation fee. We use Shopify as a payment processor, and they do not refund us their 4% fee for cancellations.
After 12 hours, if the order hasn't been shipped, a 10% cancellation fee will be applied. This is to cover our costs of lost labour and packaging materials. We prepare products for shipment as soon as we receive the order.
If your order has been shipped, we ask that you follow our return policy in order to get a full refund once you receive your product! This means, we CANNOT cancel your order it must be refunded.
We often submit items for fulfillment within a few hours, so the faster you can let us know about the cancellation, the more likely we'll be able to do it.