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History Lessons Scatter Cushions

Eye-catching aesthetics, historical depth and local flavour combine in these special scatter cushions, created by fabric fundi and designer Tori Stowe, whose quirky Happily Ever After ceramics collection we featured recently. Printed on a cotton-linen mix, the ornate History Lessons range offers an especially unique slant on the representation of our interesting and eventful past. By incorporating iconic imagery that has appeared on South African bank notes and coins through their various incarnations over time, these covetable accessories tell an important and visually striking story about the ongoing evolution of our nation. Essentially, they offer us a lesson in history, hence the name of the collection. To emphasise the passage of time and signify the incredible journey that our country has been on, Tori – in her Stowe and So factory in Bathurst – hand-printed the images in layers. Colonial references, elaborate crests, the current regal lion and other familiar etchings are super-imposed one over the other to create both visual and symbolic depth. In this way, these cushions make for lovely, arresting additions to a lounge or bedroom space, being as rich in local meaning as they are in colour and aesthetic appeal. The History Lessons range was commissioned by distribution company Fabricor; to find the nearest store that stocks them in your area call the company on 043-763-1476. The scatter cushions retail for approximately R250 each. To see more of Tori Stowe’s gorgeous products and prints, visit stoweandso.co.za. Text: Dayle Kavonic