Zen in Skåne (the making of)

I meant to make this post few months ago, but better late than never (the motto of this blog) , so here it goes.
This is my crazy project of making round meditation cushion in Skåne rölakan technique.
In the end it somehow became a cushion, or something cushion-like, almost round.

And it was accepted for the local “Utvalt i Skåne” craft show and now traveling around from Malmö to Simrishamn to Helsinborg and then to Germany.

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a little doodle from two years ago:

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Pictures from the process:

rölakan weaving

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weaving side stripe – with halvkrabba inlays (here was the part when I had serious doubts about it all working out)

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Sewing

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I filled the cushion with kapok fibers

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(Don’t take seriously the last picture)

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17 responses to “Zen in Skåne (the making of)

  1. ulitasloom September 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Wow! Meditative work for a meditation cushion! Love it! *:-)

  2. saulenelee September 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Мне понравилась последняя фотография :))) Очень симпатичная подушечка и вообще, какая ты молодец, Аля! :)

    • Alfia September 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Спасибо, Лена!
      Последняя фотография – это такая дзенская (или антидзенская, для кого как) шутка :)

  3. spinweaverbarbara September 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I love the sense of tradition you bring to your work. Beautiful!

  4. Elisabet September 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Kul att du gör ett inlägg! Nu när jag tittade in på bloggen kände jag genast igen en kudde i förra inlägget – vinnaren i Wålstedts och Galleri Yamanashis tävling! Stort grattis! Och grattis till medverkan i “Utvalt i Skåne” och ännu en fantastiskt fin kudde. Alltid intressant när traditionen får ta ett steg framåt.

    • Alfia September 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Stort tack, Elisabet! (inköp av en android-telefon resulterade i dåliga konsekvenser för det här bloggen – man slutar ju använda datorn nästan helt!)
      Ja, det blev en riktigt överraskning med tävlingen. Och med Utvalt också.
      Rölakan verkar vara en bra grej att satsa på, vem skulle tro? :)

  5. med nål och tråd September 17, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Den är fantastiskt snygg! Jag gillar detaljerna med vecken på sidan och det röda handtaget, riktigt tjusigt

  6. ullemor September 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Det var en väldigt fin kudde, och en utmaning att väva kan jag tro. Du har lyckats bra med att tillämpa gammal tradition och teknik på något nytt.

  7. Quimper Hitty September 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    What an inspiring post – I am glad it is “late” rather than never. I love to see the combining of one traditional technique into different traditional object so I love the last picture! Will the cushion come back to you eventually?

  8. onesmallstitch September 21, 2015 at 2:40 am

    absolutely beautiful, a slow, careful and meditative work. I always think traditional work stays lively when it is adapted to our time and lifestyle. It will seem all new when it comes back to you.

    • Alfia September 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you, Jean! The whole thing was sort of my hommage to meditation as a life-transforming practice and to this old slow way of weaving. Both processes are very similar in how they feel in the body and mind. I am very thankful for all the people who left us so much beautiful things to be inspired by.

  9. Heather Cameron November 15, 2015 at 3:24 am

    What a perfectly beautiful zabuton. And what a way to honour your meditation practise.

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