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Look What They Made- Hilary

It seems this summer is all about the accessories!. Our last few Look What They Made! entries have been bags in various forms. This funky clutch is by Hilary and is a folding clutch made out of the Teal and Navy Blue Circles Batik. I love the attention to detail where Hilary has made the …

Fabric of the Week: Household Gravel

I have always thought of this print as a leopard print and even saw someone describe it as a giraffe print (yes I know, a giraffe print doesn’t spring to mind so quickly. I had to Google to remind myself of the pattern). African prints, over time acquire different names in different African countries and …

Featured Designer: Ilé Ilà

Ilé Ilà (translated “House of Lines”) was started by Tosin Oshinowo a Nigerian architect in 2017 to celebrate her native Yoruba culture. It is a lifestyle furniture-line designed and hand-made in Lagos, Nigeria. The collection of furniture and accessories is made mostly with aso-oke.  Aso-oke is a loom woven fabric made mostly by the Yoruba of …

Mix It Up: Pink and Orange Ankara

Here are two prints from Ghana that go well together. Contrasting geometry with florals. One with a large pattern and the other with a much smaller pattern. They both have pink and a bit of brown in common. They compliment each other nicely with a pop of orange in one to add a little something extra.

African Kimono by Serge Mouangue

This collection of beautiful Kimonos is just one element of the work by artist Serge Mouangue. Wafrica is the name of his creative project which explores the fusion and juxtaposition of Japanese and West African aesthetics. The original collection was in collaboration with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker and was made from 18 African prints sourced in West …

Featured Designer: Osei Duro

Osei-Duro is a brand that I have been a fan of for a long long time and even more so for their storytelling. This is especially because of their use of beautifully designed handmade batik fabric in their pieces. The brand was founded in 2011 by Maryanne Mathias and Molly Keogh and is based in …

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