Friday, 23 September 2011
The tuffet is a very simple organic, eco friendly 'sit upon' that may present itself in many guises. It has much in common with the well known cushion which has been around in one form or another; According to our literary gurus there have been many a mention as far back as the Middle Ages, being included in inventories for Royal Palaces and being a symbol of some status in the French churches. The cushion in it's many forms has been traditionally stuffed with bracken, heather, horse hair, feathers or sheeps wool.
The Travelling Tuffeteer has taken this symbol of sustainable luxury to it's simplest form - the outer casing has been removed and the sumptuous comfort of eco-friendly natural fleece has been exposed to provide you with the ultimate in 'Bottom Heaven'. A phrase coined by a most grateful musician who had been previously subjected to the most severe discomfort provided with the usual festival concert wooden seat, or the settle in the pub at the local music session. He can now carry his own lightweight status symbol with pride and avoid the look of pity as some invoke when carrying their rather frilly cushions from home. The rustic nature of the tuffet allows you to feel a part of that nature, as the fleece gently soothes and reflects warmth, whilst repelling the damp that so often seeps into this very basic of provided furniture. Would the cushion have this same effect? No, it could not as the outer covering would detract from the benefits. The wool fibres of the tuffet create an optimal temperature zone, they conduct excess heat and moisture away from the body and it is also non-allergenic - probably not even the bravest dust mite would dare!! Scientists have shown that wool fibres can induce a deep relaxed state which will obviously benefit all who sit upon the woven natural tuffet. Could the modern cushion fulfil such a mighty task, comfort, health benefits and an element of suave rural sophistication??
So, the evidence is before you, the question is to Tuffet or cushion, tuffet or not to tuffet?
Perhaps the quest for true 'Bottom Heaven' has been fulfilled.