“Zenera” means window in Chichewa, a Bantu language spoken in Malawi where kanju’s Zenera Trade Bead Pillow is made. Powder glass beads, made from recycled bottles, and silvery blue Imfibinga seeds alternate in a grid pattern within a square window form to make a simple and elegant statement.
Beneath thatched roofs and in the shade of mango trees, kanju artisans sew, bead, and embroider South African plush cotton pillow covers in both vibrant and subtle hues. Fabric is embellished with unique trade beads sourced from across Africa, some of them centuries old. Each pillow is French-seamed and features a concealed zipper closure and hearty down alternative pillow insert.