The Leafcocoon from Bellacouche is a fully biodegradable ‘soft’ eco coffin with integral shroud and wood frame, designed for an environmentally friendly natural burial. Individually hand-made from entirely natural materials, using pure wool felt and wood from local sources. A soft woollen shroud is enfolded in layers of felt, giving the cocoon a smooth outline, supported on a strong wood frame with six carrying handles. The decorated leaf shape cover may be removed just before burial and kept as a memento.
The Leafcocoon is a complete alternative to conventional wooden coffins and is suitable for traditional, natural and woodland burial grounds. There are also options for cremation. Please contact me for more information.
“It was the most beautiful funeral I’ve ever been to – yet probably the least expensive. When my friend’s mother died aged 96 her family dispensed with all modern death practices… no embalming, no crematorium and no coffin…. [they] put her into a cocoon embroidered [needle-felted] with leaves made from woollen felt by the artist Yuli Sømme…” Janice Turner, The Times, May 9th 2017
Originally designed in collaboration with another felt maker, Anne Belgrave, our starting point was to think outside the box, bringing together a sympathetic and modern style with a sensible choice of sustainable materials; a truly British made, natural eco coffin at an affordable price.
“Very real, very grounded, very simple, very beautiful…Your work is so important and so very valuable. Thank you!”
– Emma – Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground
Video by Charlie Shread, music by Dhevdas Nair.