Swahili Flower 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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