Our hand embroidered pouffes are produced in Agadir - the community all work together to create the pouffes, each using their particular skill to help, whether that be dying the leather in the tanneries, cutting, hand embroidering and tailoring by adding the zips. Each job is equally important to create the finished result.
One thing to note is that the leather itself is dyed using the traditional methods in the tanneries, using natural ingredients. This means that the leathers do carry an odour initially, but will fade gradually as it settles into it’s new home. If you ever get the chance to experience the Moroccan tanneries yourself you will fully understand the smells of dying leather, the locals sell sprigs of mint to tourists to mask the smell of this centuries old process.
The pouffes are then sent to you unstuffed (much easier to post this way), this means you will have to stuff it yourself, but we have some great tips of what to use to achieve a nice plump pouffe!
Traditionally pouffes are stuffed with camel hair, but if you do not have any camels roaming in your back garden (we doubt that!) we can recommend using wool felt. We have also found that if you subscribe to a meal kit delivery service your perishable goods will be delivered in felt like pouches – these are actually made from cotton offcuts from the cotton industry and are perfect for stuffing!
If that’s not an option, you can pretty much stuff with any old material you have going spare such as old clothing (dressing gowns are a great shout!) old towels, bed sheets – it’s a great way to re-use any old fabric that is too tatty to donate.
If you don’t have any old fabrics lying about you can use newspapers (if you scrunch them up into balls) or as a last resort ask an upholsterer if you can purchase some stuffing materials.
We very much recommend stuffing the most eco friendly way possible – it’s a great excuse for a clear out.
Start with your flat pouffe, pop it up ready for stuffing
We recommend old fabrics, we got this cotton from a recipe box delivery service.
Roll up pieces of fabric, ensuring you start at the edges, making sure all corners are stuffed – this will prevent the sides dipping over time
Ensure you don’t overfill – if you are struggling to close the zip this could make the seams pop if weight is applied to the pouffe. When all the stuffing settles over time you may want to stuff more to keep it looking plump.