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This is a bench cushion cover featuring a vintage remade and upcycled tea towel. It was made as a tourist souvenir for Underwater World in Manly, Australia which opened in 1989 and redeveloped into Oceanworld in 1992 dating this vintage tea towel to this period. I love this because of the cute animal illustrations, some of which have a really cheeky look in their eyes and they all seem to be smiling. They must have liked having their picture painted.

Screen printed onto a white linen and inside a white border the main two colours are yellow and pale blue representing the water and sand of the design. Several animals are pictured and I'm not sure I can identify all of them exactly but there's a seal mum in the centre looking off to the top right corner and a little white seal pup asleep nestled into her side. There's also a walrus, a grey seal, a sea lion, a sea otter (just his head poking out of the water and looking right at you) and another seal swimming in the sea with some bubbles. The scene also has a thin black lined border and the text Australia's UNDERWATER WORLD Manly in red and black at the bottom centre over yellow sand.

The design has a bit of a dual perspective going on as the mid-blue lines behind the walrus give the impression of looking out to sea and the pale blue being the sky but then there's a seal in the sky too making it look like sea again. Make of it what you will!

The reverse is made from a lovely thick oatmeal linen and fastens with a matching concealed zip.

Size: Approx 19" x 29" / 50cm x 75cm

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Colours: Pale blue, mid blue, yellow, light brown, grey, black, white. Reverse is oatmeal linen.

Care: The fabrics have been carefully cleaned by Hunted and Stuffed before being fashioned into the cover. Dry cleaning is recommended or a low temperature hand wash.

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Kids pillow upcycled tea towel cushion cover Australia Underwater World Seals, Walrus, Sealife, Ocean, Oz Pillow, Beach, Kitsch, Retro Chic

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Vintage Tea Towel, Linen, Concealed Zip
  • Ships worldwide from London, United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 36 reviews
  • Favorited by: 18 people