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Behind the scenes

CUSHIONS - Proud to support UK manufacturing

Our wide range of plush papasan cushions are handmade and hand-finished in the UK by skilled master upholsterers with over 25 years experience. Each individual cushion template is hand cut from a roll of top quality fabric, securely stitched and hand filled with the required volume of blown polyester fibres before being buttoned. The material is either pre backed with a fire retardant coating or if this is not possible, a fire retardant interliner is stitched around the flameproof filling to ensure that every single cushion we sell conforms to British Standards upholstery standards.

FRAMES

The papasan chair frame is not made from bamboo as sometimes thought but rather rattan which is similar in appearance but more solid and durable as there is no hollow centre to the stem instead it has a softer more porous core. Raw rattan is a member of the palm family and is a long slender stem which retains an almost exact diameter throughout its length. Growing very similar to a vine this creeping plant climbs up through the shade of the rainforest using tree limbs to reach the light of the forest canopy above. Rattan grows predominately in the rainforest's of Asia and can reach up to lengths of 200 meters. It favours rainforest where the trees are younger and smaller hence a lot more light penetrates to the forest floor. The Papasan Chair Company's rattan frames are predominately constructed with larger rattan poles up to 36mm in diameter, although rattan is one of the lightest woods its natural fibres make it one of the strongest in the world. Harvesting for the processing of rattan is very difficult due to the inaccessibility of the rainforest, it is typically harvested by a team of  local villagers when it is a few years old who climb up the trees skillfully cut and peel the rattan with machetes. Once cut into 5 meter lengths it is bundled and taken back to the processing plant where it has to be prepared before use. The rattan is washed in the local river and then cured and dried ready for use. To make a rattan papasan frame, a pole free from defects is selected and is then steamed until pliable, the pole is then bent to the desired bowl shape and diameter required and then left to cool.
 
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