African style / 1

I have a Pinterest board called ‘African Style’ and finding pictures for it brings me much joy. We are truly a creative and beautiful people! I’ve decided to do a regular round-up of some of my favourites. Here’s number

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Inspired: Anthropologie Habari Dinnerware

These ‘Habari’ dinnerware sets from Anthropologie are clearly inspired by African textiles. I notice some iconic wax print motifs, as well as kanga-inspired text treatment. The vibrant collection includes coasters, plates of various sizes, mugs, coasters and napkins.

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Raiding My Mama’s Kanga and Kitenge Collection

My mother is from Tanzania where it is customary for women to give each other kangas (also known as lessos) as gifts, especially at events such as weddings, send-offs, births etc.

Over the years, my mother has amassed quite a number! Last year while visiting her, I took the opportunity to raid some of her collection, taking photos for inspiration’s sake.

Kangas come in one piece consisting of two matching panels. You may have seen women along the Swahili coast using one panel as a sarong and the other to cover their head and/or shoulders. I often benefit from this when my mother splits her kangas with me. Here’s one I recently received:

 

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Kangas traditionally feature a saying. The one above is fantastic: “We are in love, give us a chance”.

 

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Mama’s collection also includes some kitenge (wax print) pieces …

 

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Mixed in with mum’s kangas, are textiles from other parts of the world such as this Indonesian beauty. Given the history of African wax print, it’s no wonder that this piece fits in pretty well.

 

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I’m really excited about The Kanga Book. Find out more about it here.

Images: Lulu Kitololo

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Inspired by Lubaina Himid’s Kanga Paintings and Collage Portraits

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I don't know how I missed Lubaina Himid's work when I visited the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition last year. Luckily for us all, you can have a look on the exhibition site. I love her series "Kangas From The Lost Sample Book" (kangas never cease to inspire – they influenced the Afri-love graphics and a game design project which we're currently working on at Asilia and should be able to share soon). I also absolutely love her collage portraits. 

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