Care Instuctions - Cactus Silk Cushions & Ottomans
These beautifully unique and handmade pieces from Morocco are handwoven & handmade. This fabric is also called Sabra and is made from the natural vegetable fibers found in the long Agave Cactus.
The process for making Sabra Silk or Cactus Silk has been the same for centuries.
The spiky leaves are crushed and soaked in water to separate the fibers and filaments, they are then washed and dried and spun to make silk threads.
It is traditional to keep the fabric as natural as possible, so many producers will only ever dye cactus silk with natural vegetable dyes. This process can take a long time, but when it is completed the colors are incredibly vibrant and beautiful.
Cactus Silk Cushions & Ottoman Covers are Dry Clean Only.
Please keep away from any liquids, as these products are naturally dyed vegetable dyed and getting them wet will most likely result in discoloration.
If you do get a mark on your Cactus Silk Cushion or Ottoman, we suggest you take it to be dry cleaned.
STUFFING YOUR CUSHION OR OTTOMAN
You can stuff your cushion or ottoman with almost anything, from polystyrene balls (the same as bean bags), cushion inserts (feather or polyester) or craft fill, you can also use old clothing, or fabrics if you choose. It is an eco-friendly way to use up materials you may have stored at home which are waiting to be recycled.
- Ensure the material you are using is clean & thoroughly dry.
- Unzip the cushion or ottoman using the zipper located on the under side (ottoman) and side seam (cushion) & open it out to it’s full shape.
- Start by first filling the sides at the top of your cushion or ottoman to ensure that all the corners are fully stuffed. This will prevent dimples and bumps in the finished cover.
- Continue stuffing evenly - add a layer of stuffing and push it down firmly (again, ensuring that the sides and seams are fully filled out) before moving on to add another layer. Continue until the cushion or ottoman is full or is as plump as you need.
- For ottomans only - before zipping shut, place a piece of fabric or heavy paper between the stuffing and the zipper, so that tiny pieces of stuffing and/or dust do not work their way through the zipper.
Please avoid over-filling your ottoman as this could put strain on the zip when closing. The stuffing in the ottoman will settle or pack down over time and more filling can then be added if so desired.