Zillpa was born out of a need to create and express. What began as a bit of fun, playing around with rope, soon developed into an exciting journey of discovery. I tried crocheting with the rope, braiding it, knotting it… But nothing seemed to ‘click’ with me. Until I came across an old technique for using up fabric scraps by wrapping them around pieces of rope and stitching them together. It sounded like an interesting idea, so I gave it a try and loved it! My mind suddenly opened up and I saw so many different possibilities that this technique could be used for. At the moment I prefer the raw aspect of keeping the rope plain and using the stitching thread as the decorative detail.

Zillpa’s current product range includes bowls, dishes, pot holders, coasters, bags and plant hangers – All made using 100% cotton rope, which I sew together on my industrial sewing machine. All my products are designed and created by me in my little studio on Brisbane’s south-side. You can find my products online and at various markets around Brisbane. I also love to create custom orders so if you have an idea for something special please pop me an email via the contact form.

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What’s in a name….

Zillpa’s an interesting name you say? Well when I was dreaming up names for my business I started going through the family tree to see if there was anything that jumped out at me. I came across my Great Aunt’s name… Zilpha. Then with some further digging into the family tree I discovered that the name Zilpha had been given to the eldest daughter in each generation as far back as we can go! It only stopped in my dad’s generation as there were never any daughters. So I leapt at the chance to bring the name back into our family, only I slightly changed the spelling from Zilpha to Zillpa.