This original design celebrates the beloved Christmas Ballet - the Nutcracker!
This pillow is entirely HAND embroidered on light tea-colored 100% organic cotton. Amazingly it can take up to one week to embroider one pillow! It is also unique in nature since each artisan incorporates a certain flair and signature to his/her work. Accented with red velvet piping.
*20" x 20"
*100% Organic cotton
*Poly form included
*Dry clean only
*Hand Embroidered and Made in India
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* The story of the "Nutcracker and Mouse King" was penned by writer, painter, and composer E.T.W. Hoffmann. He was a great imaginist who often wrote of inanimate objects brought to life. Many compare Hoffmann to the Grimm brothers as his tales are often disturbing and dark.
* The Imperial Russian ballet choreographer envisioned a ballet of the Nutcracker story yet chose Marius Petipa to write a libretto based on the light adaptation of the story written by Alexandre Dumas (the first).
* When the full Nutcracker ballet was first performed in December of 1892 it was a bit of a failure. Tchaikovsky, the illustrious Russian composer, described his own composition as "infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty". He did not live to see the success of his ballet.
Tchaikovsky created a magical musical atmosphere by utilizing the Celesta in his composition. * The Celesta is a lesser known keyboard/percussion instrument with an almost heavenly, celestial sound. It is particularly showcased during the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.