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Textiles: Age-old Weaving Tradition Meets Innovation

Yéleen Design [Mali]         [Image credits: Yéleen Design] Age-old traditional hand weaving techniques unite with innovative materials to produce a beautiful array of interior and exterior textiles courtesy of Yéleen Design. Formed in 2003 and located in Bamako, Mali; Yéleen Design is the creation of respected designer Aida Duplessis. Aida experiments with weaving organic cotton with natural fibers such as vetiver, flax, hemp; and even seaweed and nettle to produce clean simple lines that add to the aesthetic appeal. Traditional weavers work to reproduce the designs across carpets, cushions, rugs and throws; in a range of sublte and rather soothing […]

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Fashion: Eric Raisina Experimenting with Texture

Eric Raisina [Madagascar]     [Image credits: Eric Raisina] Experimenting and playing with textures form the basis of Madagascan designer, Eric Raisina’s innovative and luxurious designs.  Eric Raisina uses his love of textures to inspire and shape his clothes, using natural materials such as silk, raffia, sisal, linen and cotton which have become trademarks in his designs and serve to add depth and sensual movement to the clothes. This passion for texture has led to a continual exploration of different cultures and the diverse techniques found across Africa and Asia in particular; and ever the researcher Eric Raisina continues to work on […]

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Textiles: A Model Collection

Iman Home [Somalia]     [Image credits: Iman Home – CalicoCorners] Revered as an international style and beauty icon, Iman brings her brand of luxury and glamour to interiors. Beautify your living space with Iman Home a range of fabrics reflecting Iman’s global life. Featuring the rich patterns, textures and colours of peacock feathers, zebra hides and Ikat textiles, vibrant motifs are embroidered onto opulent silks.     [Image credits: Iman Home, top; CalicoCorners, bottom] The fabrics conjure faraway places, bursting with diverse cultural richness that give traditional accents a modern touch. Iman Home is defined as the essence of chic. Some gorgeous patterns […]

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Textiles: Royal Hut Inspired by West African Textiles

Royal Hut [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Royal Hut] Crisp white cotton brought to life using colourful fabrics that are handmade and hand-block printed in West Africa, Royal Hut is a luxury home furnishings brand whose stylish interiors and lifestyle products reflect the heritage of the region from which they originate. The late Mary Vinson Blackwell, who was inspired to create the brand after seeing attire worn by the legendary Nigerian musician King Sunny Ade and his band in concert, founded Royal Hut in 2001. Working with a network of artisans from around West Africa, Royal Hut creates a sophisticated, desirable range of bedding, bath […]

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Textiles: Anthropologie African Bedding Inspiration

Anthropologie Bedding [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Yoruba Quilt, Anthropologie] I am a fan of US-based store Anthropologie, loving its quirky bohemian style with a dusting of romance and was thrilled when they finally opened two stores in London, the first one in October 2009 and then the second earlier this year. Browsing their online store I came across a range of African inspired bedding and interior accessories that they state is drawn from Yoruba and Northern Sotho cultures, although I may be wrong in saying, I feel the fabric inspiration relates more to the Dutch Wax cloth popular in West Africa.

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