Cushion Cover - 100% Banarasi Silk - Black/Gold/Red - Elephants/Peacocks/Birds

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Cushion Cover - 100% Banarasi Silk - Black/Gold/Red - Elephants/Peacocks/Birds

Our cushion covers are sourced from a small family run business from the Rajasthani city of Jaipur in India, made from 100% Banarasi silk, which is the finest quality silk originating from the Indian city of Varanasi.  This cushion cover is predominantly black, with 2 gold & red elephants, 2 gold & red peacocks, & 2 gold & red birds in the middle. The back of the cover is plain black.

The dimensions of the cushion cover are 40cm x 40cm. 

Elephants hold a symbolic meaning in astrology, wherein, ‘elephant dreams’ are considered to have specific meanings. The actions and behaviour of these elephants in the dreams are of particular importance in interpreting what they stand for.

The flapping of its ears, dancing of its trunk, the prominence of its gigantic spine and royal tusks, the depth of its benevolent eyes while it strolls around with charming calm and composure, at once surrounds you with a feeling of safeguard, kindness, and respect. Such is the exuberance of this genial form, that has been on this planet for more than 50 million years. Elephants have long been associated with humans, their emotions, and their stories. They have been subjects of mythologies, religions, battles, and innumerable other interpretive or literal practices of expression.

The charismatic nature of this being has made it an element of strong symbolism across various cultures all over the world. Asian regions like India and China have dense mythologies which are packed with rich symbolism and multi-layered depictions of various elements of nature. Elephants are found in eminent numbers across these regions, and have been a part of their civilizations for a long time. Evidently, elephants have made way into people’s conscience, and consequently, their art.

Elephants, in general, symbolize the qualities of wisdom, strength, courage, longevity, patience, honour, and stature

The peacock (mayura) is the national bird of India. It is the most auspicious animal in Hindu mysticism. Indians keep peacock feathers inside their houses, as it is believed that their feathers will bring luck and prosperity to their families and friends. Also, Hindus keep hordes of peacock feathers in and around their homes in belief that they will repel pesky insects and flies.

It is dramatic and interesting that the peacock has survived over the time span of 4,000 years; for, peacocks have adapted to climate change, pollution, predatory animals and human destruction. However, peacocks have lived in proximity to humans for thousands of years. Kings in ancient India kept them in their garden; for, the peacocks would dance and open their feathers for a beautiful display. Peacocks have been the themes of ancient Indian stories, poems and songs, as symbols of love, joy, peace, beauty and poise. The peacock (mayura) got its name from the famous Maurya dynasty of old, ancient India. The noble Mauryas were keepers of peacocks and raised them in their royal courts. Thus, there are many stories that substantiate the mythology surrounding this ornamental bird.

Please note: Cushion cover only, cushion not included.