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safari animal pillows

by HSSS artisans
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

Animal Ambiance

Take a nap on the wild side with these soft and vibrant pillows, handmade by artists in India using traditional batik techniques. To create each piece, textile craftsmen sketch zebra, giraffe and tiger prints onto hand-dyed cotton and then pour wax to pattern both the animal face (front of pillow) and its corresponding print (back of pillow). Sold as a set of three. Removable cotton cover with poly fill. Machine wash covers, then air dry. Handmade in India.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20323
Made from
synthetic, wool
Measurements
18" L x 18" W
Notes
100% cotton covers: Machine wash cool, air dry.
  • the maker

HSSS artisans

HSSS is a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. It is composed mainly of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training and health related issues. The hardships that these people go through include physical handicaps, illiteracy, extreme poverty, entrapment in lower castes, lack of knowledge about trade and markets, among others.

The artisans don't have knowledge of marketing skills and have many barriers to access international trade. However, they are very skilled in making wooden products and are committed to quality, so production is not a problem for them. Therefore, Fair Trade mostly helps them find a market and promote their products.

HSSS respects environmental values and for that they arrange to only use wood from the forest quota given by the government of India (which sells the wood of dead trees). When it comes to the advancement of the people, the organization is taking several steps for the betterment of the artisans. They have created self help groups for the artisans and also organize several exhibitions for promoting their art to increase their market opportunities.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Safari Animal Pillows
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Decoration (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (5)

Reviewed by 5 customers

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5.0

Great pillows

By 

from Jensen, fl

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Really Well Made

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Safari Animal Pillows:

      Really well made artisan pillows. Love them!

      Service and delivery comments:

      Super fast well packaged

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No, No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self

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      5.0

      Excellent quality, great gift!

      By 

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Safari Animal Pillows:

          Purchased these for my parents who just got back on safari in Africa. They loved them and said they were a wonderful reminder of their trip.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

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          4.0

          Beautiful pillows!

          By 

          from san Jose,ca

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about Safari Animal Pillows:

            These were a gift for a friend who has everything, and she loved them!

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            4.0

            Very pleased

            By 

            from VA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Color a little off

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about Safari Animal Pillows:

            When I saw the color of the giraffe pillow I was a little disappointed because it looks sort of green, and I bought it hoping it would pick up the gold in our rug. However, the color difference is slight, and I do understand that monitor colors aren't exact. The other two pillow colors are as expected. Overall, I'm very satisfied.

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            5.0

            Just what I was expecting!

            By 

            from West Coast Florida

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cushioning
              • Decoration

              Comments about Safari Animal Pillows:

              Brightens My Yoga Studio

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              Q and A

              When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

              69votes, 9 comments

              Sherry
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Pricey but worth it for handmade batiques.

              Al
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Where are all of these inflated prices coming from?

              Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

              Thanks for the question, Al. These pillows are handmade by skilled artisans in India. Our supplier ensures that their workers are given fair wages and safe working conditions--which does increase the cost of the set. Although these pillows cost a bit more than they would if they were mass-produced, those few extra dollars can make a big difference in the lives of fair trade certified craftspeople.

              Jennifer
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              These are super fun!

              Ali
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Love, but I wish these were sold separately. And that there was a hot pink one!

              Heather
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Expensive for pillows

              Sanriobaby
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Love these pillows and they would work so well in a child/nursury room as decoration only.

              Kimberly
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Sell them separately?

              susie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              These are unique and appear to be well made. The price is so-so but I think people would show be impressed with the designs.

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