We spent nearly two months perfecting the prototype for this design. The challenge was in the math. To make the GOUDER cushion, the embroiderer must count every single weave of the fabric, one by one, mapping out the desired design based on pre-determined spacing. In traditional Baluchi works that fill up the entire space of the fabric, mistakes are harder to spot, but with our original design the empty spaces are part of the charm. One mistake can ruin the whole design. This made it particularly challenging for the first lady who worked on the prototypes. In the end, joyful and proud to have tackled what seemed as an impossible challenge, we will never forget what she said: “I used to be a simple embroiderer, but now I’m an engineer embroiderer.” Those were her exact words and they meant everything.