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Ludwiga's Linen

African Ndop Pillow - Fits 24 x24" Insert

African Ndop Pillow - Fits 24 x24" Insert

Regular price $ 115.00 USD
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This stunning pillow is made from a rare vintage Ndop ceremonial cloth from West Africa. The striking indigo graphics provide a fresh pop of color to any décor.

The vintage Ndop (pronounced “dop”) cloth from which this pillow is made came from the Bamileke people of the grasslands in Cameroon. These textiles are exceedingly rare and were mainly used for ritual clothing and ceremonial occasions. Geometric symbols such circles, lines and diamonds reflect tribal life and beliefs.

The process of creating this cloth was difficult and laborious. After weaving, the cloth was dyed using a traditional “resist” dying method. To prevent the indigo dye to reach all the cloth, women artisans would stitch design patterns onto the cloths with raffia fiber. When the dying process was finished, all the stitching would be unpicked to reveal the stunning tribal design.

When this cloth came to me, I found quite a bit of the raffia in place, and I spent a couple of hours to unpick stitches. There may be a little brownish discoloration remaining from the raffia. This just tells of the many hours women spent creating these beautiful textiles.

FOR A PERFECT FIT, we highly recommend choosing the “Cover with Insert” option to order the luxury 100% cotton down-proof ticking pillow insert along with the pillow cover. Our pillow covers are sewn to fit these excellent hypoallergenic feather/down inserts.


  • Pillow cover is made from African Ndop cloth from Cameroon.
  • Back of cover is made with vintage mangle cloth, a pure linen fabric from Germany.
  • Hidden zipper closure allows removal of the insert to care for the cover.
  • All fabrics are washed before sewing. For laundering my fabrics, I use Costco soap and Dr. Brunner soap.
  • This Ndop fabric is of the best quality and in great condition with no marks that I could see on this pillow. In general, signs of wear and some discoloration or spots are part of the charm and character of these vintage fabrics. Please see the photos for reference.


  • We buy our inserts from a luxury pillow manufacturer. The inserts are made with hypoallergenic feathers and down and covered in 235 thread count 100% cotton down-proof ticking.
  • Over the years, we have used many other pillow inserts from various sources. These are the best. We have never had any feather/down leakage issues.
  • Insert size is generally 2” larger than pillow cover size for pillows measuring 20” or more and 1” larger for smaller sizes.
  • We highly recommend buying the insert along with the pillow. Our pillow covers are tailored to these inserts for a perfect fit.


  • Dry clean or hand wash in lukewarm water with mild soap.
  • Air dry only, no heat.


Natural ingredients
in lotions and balms, essential oils, hand spray lotion, body lotion, triple
milled French soap, French Mediterranean bath salt, menthol muscle balm, room
and linen spray, hydrating face mask, natural loofah sponge, feather soft
makeup remover cloth, lavender sachet, tealight candle

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