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Mac Queen cushions

These gorgeous hand-made cushions caught our eye at Durban’s Wonder Market. Made by Durbanite Christine Mac Queen, from an inventive combination of bean sacks and appliqued fabrics, they make wonderful statement pieces. Each cushion is completely unique and proudly South African. Christine uses shweshwe fabric and boldly coloured threads to create cushions that are the epitome of African chic. Motifs of hoopoes, swallows, mongooses, rabbits and reclining lions are expertly appliquéd onto bean sacks and jute to create the cushions, which have a distinctly vintage feel. These cushions would work well in a variety of decor schemes, from shabby chic to modern country and colonial. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you will find one to suit just about any spot that needs a bit of sprucing up. The best part is, they're incredibly comfortable – you'll just want to sink back into one and open up a book. Mac Queen cushions sell for R250 to R450. They are available at the Wonder Market, first Sunday of every month at Chris Saunders Park and at Mooi, 100 Bulwer Road, Glenwood.