16 x 16 inches including hypoallergenic synthetic down (microdenier polyester) insert
Indigo cloth has a long and complex history in South Africa. Its roots probably go back to before 2400BC, to early Arab and Phoenician trade along the eastern African seaboard. After a seaport was established at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, most of the indigo cloth worn by the people there was from Holland and India. In the early 1840s French missionaries gave chief Moshoeshoe a gift of printed indigo cloth, initiating a fabric preference that still exists in Southern Africa today. (Hence the name "shoeshoe" or "shweshwe".)
Dreaming of printing shweshwe prints of his own, Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody asked a silk screener in Cape Town to over print his designs on this beautiful cloth. A women's co-op sewed the shweshwe into cushions so that you might enjoy both the old and the new. Wash separately and love any blue dye transfer you might experience. Like denim, the dye transfer fades with washing.