Tu Textiles creates beautiful organic cushions and was founded by two women from Australia and the US who, while living as expats in Beijing, were frustrated by the lack of good quality fabrics. The designs are a celebration of traditional Chinese symbols and architecture and the company are committed to using production methods that are as ethical and environmentally-friendly as possible.
Before launching, the founders Rebecca and Jill spent months speaking to countless printers and weavers to find the most ecologically sound methods possible. The designs are printed onto GOTS-certified organic fabric, with every step in the production process meeting international ethical and ecological standards. They use the latest digital printing methods with water-based inks (although not strictly organic, they are considered extremely safe). The fabric is sewn into cushions at independent workshops in Beijing which allows them to support local businesses and craftsmanship.
Why organic? Making textiles can be very toxic, from the pesticides used in growing the fibers to the chemicals used in printing. Also, water and energy are often wasted in the process. All this contributes to soil, air and water pollution. Tu Textiles believes that supporting and encouraging cleaner, greener textile production is one way to make the world a healthier place.
The designs are a fresh, contemporary take on Chinese patterns, symbols, and architectural details that have been around for hundreds of years. It’s a great mix of old and new, East meets West. The designs are classic, timeless and sophisticated, yet have a freshness and uniqueness to them. The colours are bold and energetic, and many cushions come in several colourways to suit any interior. See the cushions and their inspiration for the designs below: