Banjara kalchi cushion with cowries and tassels


  • £220.00
  • €244 Euro
  • $296 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Banjara kalchi cushion with cowries and tassels

This beautiful cushion is made from a Banjara kalchi or envelope bag that has been opened out. The textile is vintage and is in perfect condition. The madder red cotton has faded to a rust red colour and the embroidery itself is perfect and brilliantly executed, by a very skilled needlewoman. Each quarter of the cushion being embroidered with a different geometric pattern. It also has its original cowrie shells and tassels iconic to the Banjara.
I've backed the cushions with an indigo dyed vintage hemp and added a zip fastener and feather pad.
I think this cushion is a little treasure.


  • H: 43cm (17in)
  • W: 44cm (17.5in)


mid C20

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I am inspired by the exquisite textiles designed and woven long ago by artisans often in some of the most challenging environments in the world. I love to find a new use for these textiles so that they become relevant in today’s interiors. Turning them into beautiful and unique cushions or lampshades or simply by framing them as a piece of wall art.

I particularly love the bright colours of the silk dowry textiles woven by the minority groups in South West China and the more organic raphia cloths and cotton stripweaves from the Kuba and Yoruba ethnic groups in West Africa.

My signature look mixes these bright and sophisticated silk brocades (especially the pinks!) with the contrasting rustic indigos and cottons, often embellished with embroidery or applique.

I work out of my studio in Purley, Surrey where you are very welcome by appointment to view current stock and other textiles or to discuss bespoke projects.


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