Traditional Thai Folk Meditation Cushions
In Thailand, traditional cushions in many shapes and sizes are used
throughout the home.
The cover is a traditional Thai Patterns in
Cotton and Silk
. Thai Tatami Reed is of recent origin as the reed is being cultivated
Cushions are stuffed with cotton/kapok and are very firm.
Please use the links on the left to browse
through the many styles of silk, cotton and tatami reed cushions.
Cushions in Thai Homes
a Thai home, where furniture is kept to the minimum to keep space open
and allow the free flow of air, pillows and cushions serve as essential
commodities for people who spend most part of their lives on the
well-scrubbed wooden floor. Pillows and cushions in a Thai home come in
all sizes and shapes. They vary according to their uses, not the
fantasy and imagination of the makers.
Most common and
typical among Thai pillows and cushions is the mon khwan
, literally "axe pillow", with reference to its triangular shape,
resembling the blade of an axe. It is a supportive cushion for those
sitting on the floor, on a reed mat or a short-legged, large table
called tang in Thai. Triangular cushion has
indispensable part of leisure life in a Thai home, and even in the
dwelling of Buddhist monks. It is not unusual to find a large
triangular cushion among the annual offerings to the temple in a Kathin
To make sure that the triangular cushions remain in shape and serve
their any triangular cushions stitched and stuffed in a simple manner.
They consist either three or six small triangles, each supporting and
bracing the others.
Cushions are often ornately embroidered, or made up of beautiful
brocades. They are, unlike pillows, not wrapped in cases. In some
ethnic communities in the Northeast, there exist patterns that are
identified with the people, intricately woven mainly for decorative
cushions to be presented as gifts to the temples and for household use.
The province of Yasothon, with a large population of former migrants
across the Mekong River, boasts the mon khit
cushion decorated with patterned
has become a symbol of Thai arts and crafts as well.
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