Kitenge Store were delighted to be recently featured in South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper in their fashion and beauty magazine called ‘The Edit’. The interesting article, written by Tracy Lynn Chemaly, highlighted different textile designers and businesses, that make and sell beautiful African fabrics, unique clothing and stylish African interior design items.
Textiles inspired by Africa are making their way into the home, creating bold, colour-filled environments that hold much meaning between the threads
Take a look at the fabulous article below that puts stylish, modern and traditional African textiles on the map. Continue reading to discover the fabulous small businesses that are inspired by African beauty, culture, heritage and craftsmanship in their unique designs.
Djiguiyaso is based in Bamako, Mali, and was recognised by UNESCO in 2009 for its preservation of cultural handcraft. The cooperative, run by Aissata Namoko, provides work for over one hundred women. They provide training in cutting, sewing, natural dyeing, cotton spinning and crocheting in their workshop.
“By innovating and creating textiles for the modern home, we’re able to keep passing down this traditional knowledge to keep our Malian history and culture alive”
Their stunning fabrics use traditional bogolan tie-dyed with indigo. Djiguiyaso’s artisans handcraft cushion covers, bedspreads, curtains, tablecloths, throws, dresses and accessories using 100% organic cotton.
Kitenge Store is a social enterprise and ethical clothing brand that specialises in authentic African wax print fabric. Their fabrics are sourced in Tanzania, from a small family-run business, and printed in Nigeria using locally grown cotton.
It’s really important to us that all the raw materials we use are sourced directly from the African continent from the fabrics to the buttons and swing tickets
Their colourful and unique made to measure garments are popular worldwide from Japan to the US and Europe. Each garment is lovingly handcrafted by highly skilled tailors, which empowers them to improve their livelihoods by supporting their fine craftsmanship.
Johanna Bramble is a French textile designer and weaver based in Dakar, Senegal. She works in partnership with master Manjak weavers whose skills are passed down from generation to generation.
Johanna likes to raise awareness of traditional Senegalese weaving by creating stylish and modern patterns. Her gorgeous products are made mainly from locally sourced cotton but also silk, linen, viscose, optical fibre, paper and abaca-leaf fibres to create interesting textures.
From the rhythm with which he weaves to the colours that he uses – his energy allows you to feel the culture and the people in the weave
Lulasclan is a family business based in a small mining town in South Africa. The Founder, Bonolo Helen Chepape, is a textile and surface designer. She strongly believes in the preservation of culture and heritage.
…we believe in the beauty that exists in African and its cultures, finding ways to preserve it by documenting it, then translating it onto beautifully crafted textile designs…
Lulasclan design and digitally print beautiful homeware items including cushions, designer fabrics and unique textile prints using locally sourced base fabrics and eco-friendly inks. They also offer a unique bespoke textiles service for interior designers and fashion retailers.
Designer Eva Sonaike was born and raised in Germany but is now based in London, UK. She obtained an MA in Fashion Journalism at the London College of Fashion, where she specialised in contemporary African fashion and textiles.
Her parents are from Nigeria and she has spent a lot of time visiting the county. Her luxurious interior design brand is inspired by her Yoruba heritage, experiences during her visits to Nigeria and tropical nature.
I love finding inspiration where other people don’t find beauty
Her boldly coloured print designs are used to make lampshades, cushion covers, pouffes, bags, rugs, wallpaper and fabric in the UK. They are stocked worldwide in prestigious stores including Liberty and Selfridges in London.
There is so much talent, creative design, and intricate craftsmanship when it comes to African style interior ideas. If you like any of the African fabrics or homeware items featured in this blog, be sure to check out their unique products to see if they will be a good fit for your home décor plans.
What’s so great about African textiles is that they really stand out if surrounded by minimal decoration and can be a main feature and talking point of any room. They certainly help to add colour, warmth, richness, texture and a cosy feel to your living space.
For more inspiration, read our blog on African Style Interior Trends & Ideas.
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