Bean Sprout Husk Pillow is for babies & toddlers. According to the older generation, husk pillow is used to calm babies and made them feel more secure. According to my own study, babies like to have something pressing on their back or stomach, as the husk pillow has a certain weight. The husk is pretty light weight and it will not cause any discomfort. At the same time, it is porous, so, baby still feel cooling while using it.
The most challenging part of making the husk pillow is CLEANING the husk.
Initially, it was pretty hard to find the husk. My mother-in-law was telling me that I need to get it from the bean sprout supplier. Well, consider myself very fortunate, I managed to find bean sprout husk at a market near my place. :) The uncle was very kind to give me a big plastic bag full of husk at NO CHARGE! =D
Like I've mentioned, CLEANING the husk is very tedious. Thank GOD my Mom-in-law is pretty experience in the cleaning process. First of all, she had to pick all sprouts out from the husk. Then later, she washed it in hot water because it's kind of smelly... AND, she had to do a few times to get rid of the smell. Then, the husk MUST be dried under an optimum sunlight. Unfortunately, during that past few weeks, the weather was cloudy. If it's not dry enough, it will start to rot & smell. So, she had to wash it again. :( Took her 3 weeks to finally clean the husks. Big thanks to my mom in law.... :)
See the end result?? The husk has to be very very dry....
The size of the pillow case that I've made was around 30cm by 20cm. It was a bit too big. The ideal size would be 30cm by 15cm.
Then, I rolled up a paper like a cone to assist in pouring the husk into the pillow case.
Once completed, I've made a pillow cover because husk pillow is not suppose to be washed.
I've made this specially for my dear niece, Tong Tong....