Since 1996, Better World Arts has been working with Australian Aboriginal artists from remote communities, from Arnhem Land to Central and the Western Desert regions, from rural locations and from cities. As well as this, the brand also strives to work with work with traditional artisans from remote regions in Kashmir, Peru, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal (Tibetan refugees) to produce beautiful, handcrafted pieces that are unique and tell the story of where they came from.
These beautiful, unique cushions are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool, each is a completely handmade piece. This project is unusual because it is owned by the artists, rather than licensed to a third party. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits, with purchase of these products guaranteeing a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.
This particular cushion is inspired by the plains and the mountain zebras that belong to the subgenus Hippotigris. Grévy’s zebra belongs to the subgenus Dolichohippus. The only species not endangered is the plains zebra. The quagga zebra became extinct in the 19th century. Zebras have suffered this fate due to their much sought after spectacular black and white coat, and due to diminished habitat. We think their stripes will look fabulous in your home, but only as a reproduction, never in the original.