Ostrich Heishi Pillow
kanju’s Ostrich Heishi Pillow is adorned with a solid ring of ostrich beads— drilled from ostrich egg shells using centuries old hand techniques— around a single natural turquoise pendant, the design itself echoing the shape of the traditional ‘heishi’ ostrich shell bead. These flat round ostrich shell beads are the oldest bead type discovered in the history of mankind, first unearthed in Tanzania and Namibia and dated at over 70,000 years old.
Beneath thatched roofs and in the shade of mango trees, kanju artisans sew, bead and embroider pillow covers made with South African plush cotton linen in vibrant and subtle hues, embellished with unique trade beads sourced from across Africa and across ancient Afro-Asian trade routes, some of them centuries old. Each pillow is French-seamed and features a concealed zipper closure and down pillow insert.
Dimensions: Square: 18” x 18”
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