Local Flavor – Aina Lifestyle & Accessories

Thank you for your outpouring of support and kind words regarding aid in the Philippines as well as for the safety of my little sister – she’s a good egg! 🙂

Switching gears as we (Barr & I anyway) head into the weekend, I wanted to write a quick post and review on some pillows I recently purchased from Aina – a local/regional lifestyle and accessories brand. I mentioned these pillows a few weeks ago as the potentially perfect accompaniment to our previously bare sofa and living room, and I took the plunge and purchased two fabulous Dalla/Combining Cultures pillows!

The Combining Cultures pillow (it's two of the same pillow, with different patterns per side)

The Combining Cultures pillow (it’s two of the same pillow, with different patterns per side)

Aina

Aina

Aina, on their Facebook page (where you can view more of the amazing textiles, accessories and home goods), describes this pillow as such: Aina uses the “Ajrak” – a unique form of block printing from Pakistan, and combines it with the “Dalla” – the dirham symbol of the UAE, to create a fusion with the use of embroidery. This cushion illustrates character, culture and  “منشأ”.

Ajrak Inspiration

Dalla inspiration – the 1 Dirham coin of the UAE

A traditional Dalla pot

The fabric is soft and the pillows are well constructed – they’re something that we would never be able to find in the states and comes with it, a really special backstory. We’re really pleased with them! The pillows aside, Sidrah (founder and director of the brand), was a delight to work with…and so personable! Customer service was top notch!

The Dalla side of the pillow

The Dalla side of the pillow

The Ajrak side of the pillow

The Ajrak side of the pillow

If you’re interested in checking out the lovely work by Aina, head on over to the Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook pages – you can contact the fabulous Sidrah at aina.dxb@gmail.com for more information on pricing and ordering information. Until next time…

A great addition to our living room!

A great addition to our living room!

One response to “Local Flavor – Aina Lifestyle & Accessories

  1. They’re gorgeous, may have to pay a wee visit when we eventually find a villa