new design from Africa


Having spent four years tracking the development of a textile craft charity in West Africa, I was happy to see product innovation finally appearing after one weaver decided to experiment with graphic motifs. The Missoni-like effect of this intricate jacquard woven cotton has been put to good effect, the reverse being as perfect as the front – which means that the narrow cloth can be combined in a huge variety of ways.

However, only one weaver is producing this cloth, at a painfully slow rate. I have ordered two of these couvertures but fail to see how they can enter the market in any meaningful quantity. Training others to do this seems a priority.

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