Dzira Trade Bead Pillow

Beneath thatched roofs and in the shade of mango trees, kanju artisans bead, sew, and embroider pillow covers and throws using kanju’s signature decorative details, including a variety of traditional African trade beads, on South African cotton pillow covers. Look out for iconic trade beads such as ostrich shell beads-- flat round white beads drilled by hand from ostrich egg shell, bronze trade beads, powder glass beads-- translucent rough cut colored glass beads made from pulverized glass bottles, cowrie shells, and copper discs made from recycled copper water heaters.

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