Cowrie Ileli Trade Bead Pillow
kanju’s Cowrie Ileli Pillow features beads that alternate to form a vertical patterned stepping ladder.
Ileli means “ladder” in Xhosa and cocoteeth are coconut shell pieces slivered into fine tooth-shaped beads. kanju’s Cowrie Ileli Pillow features beads that alternate to form a vertical patterned stepping ladder. The design’s simplicity draws attention to the gently varied curvature and natural texture of each cocotooth, lending a sense of effortlessness and relaxed play.
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.
Small Square - 18" x 18"
Large Square - 24" x 24"
Each pillow is French-seamed and features a concealed zipper closure.
Cream, Indigo Grey, Crimson Red
Each is one-of-a-kind and possesses its own unique personality. Variations between items received and images shown can occur.
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.