Ceremonie: weaving tradition and modernity together with upcycled textile cushions

Olwin Home Ceremonie upcycled textile cushions meditation cushion recycled cotton

Today we talked to Ceren Tosun about her upcycled textile cushions brand ceremonie, which utilises fibres originally used for rugs and grain sacks up to a half century ago. The reimagined textiles feature unique weaving patterns that reflect the hand of their makers, giving them a dose of authentic charm. We wanted to give you an insight into Ceren’s creative journey of developing ceremonie’s range of sustainable pieces: from meditation cushions filled with natural buckwheat hulls to cushion covers ideal for adding texture and colour to a sofa. We hope you love them as much as we do!

How and why did you decide to create a cushion brand?

I’ve been meditating for more than 5 years now and my meditation cushion was always the queen of my bedroom. However I never really liked its material and it wasn’t that appealing visually to me, also as it is something I spent time with everyday I dreamt of having a meditation cushion that’s beautiful and purposeful. This is how the brand ceremonie was born.

How long have you been doing this for?

Ceremonie is still a baby, it’s almost one and a half years old now. The production process is very demanding so we’re growing slowly step by step.

What made you choose to use recycled materials?

Traditional ancient craftsmanship always inspires me. I’m amazed by the patterns and colors that are used and what they symbolize. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to upcycle and bring these beauties to modern everyday life.

What makes your upcycled textile cushions unique?

All our products are upcycled from ancient Anatolian textiles that were made for domestic use over 50 years ago, so every village and even every household has their own patterns and style. That’s why every ceremonie cushion is unique and one of a kind.

What are the sources of inspiration for your work?

I always get inspired from the ancient way of living. By upcycling an antique product to modern everyday life I love to honor the art and the tradition.

Can you tell us about the creation process?

Hemp fabric is a type of textile that is made using fibers from the stalks of the Cannabis sativaplant. Around 1930’s Cannabis plantation was banned in Turkey so all the garments that we use were made around the 1910’s when hemp production was allowed. Producing hemp fibers from the Cannabis plant is a long and trying process, that’s why I never wanted these beautiful creations to disappear.

I traveled village by village, home by home through Anataolia plateau to collect these handmade antique textiles. I met with women who made them, they told me about all the process and their stories around it. After a process of cleaning, we repurpose those fabrics to create the beautiful upcycled textile cushions.

What project/item are you most proud of?

Even though it’s the tiniest member of our family, I’m really proud of our eye pillows. They are made up of extra and waste cut pieces from our meditation cushions. Thus they give us one more opportunity to upcycle this material back to everyday life.

By upcycling hemp and cotton handwoven textiles, ceremonie cushions bring history, culture and tradition into your living space, while reducing waste. The story behind their creation makes them extra special pieces, which are also incredibly comfortable and beautiful.

We love finding products that give a new life to pre-loved materials. If you share this passion of ours, you might like to read about another designer we work with, Anna Johnson, who handmakes recycled cotton macrame pieces

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