Kuwaloka Trade Bead Pillow

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“Kuwaloka” means cross or crossing in Chichewa, a Bantu language spoken in Malawi where kanju’s Kuwaloka Trade Bead Pillow is made. Cowrie shells, bone beads, and wooden seed beads in playfully improvised patterns cross and intersect, meeting in a spectacular single central brass trade bead.

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.


Standard - 18" x 18"

Large - 24" x 24"

Baguette - 24" x 14"


Cotton, Bronze, Glass, Shells

Each pillow is French-seamed and features a concealed zipper closure.


Cream, Indigo Gray, Crimson Red, Black

Each is one-of-a-kind and possesses its own unique personality. Variations between items received and images shown can occur. 



Care & Maintenance

Style indoors or outdoors in a dry place. Color may fade over time when left in direct light. Best to hand wash as gently as possible: in cool water with mild soap or dry clean.


Size Small Square or Lumbar or Large Square
Color Black or Cream or Crimson Red or Indigo Grey