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End-of-Year Celebrations from Across Africa

Happy holidays! This time of year is synonymous with celebration – as it should be! A time to reflect on all we’ve accomplished and to set forth new intentions for the year to come. In the Toghal spirit of honouring traditional mediums of communication (of which textiles are a part), as well as contemporary creative […]

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Toghal’s ultimate holiday wishlist

At Toghal, we love the objects around us for the stories they tell — the people who made them, the countries they came from, the memories they spark. For Christmas, we’ve pulled together a wish list of our favourite products of the moment from other designers. Think lots of handmade and locally produced… we have […]

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Culture and Christmas shopping

We’re pretty excited about the British Library’s current exhibition: West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song. It looks at literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today. You might already know about our love for stories – this exhibition indulges us with tales from […]

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Did you see?

We’ve just found a moment to rummage through our photos from Art 1:54, the annual contemporary African art fair that happened a few weeks ago at Somerset House. Before going, we wrote about the galleries we were most excited to see; now that all the great art we saw has sunk in, here we round up […]

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A tale of stories + how to decorate a white box

If you’ve been following the Toghal journey for a while, you’ll know that stories are a big passion of ours. Our unique print designs are not pure figments of our imagination but, are rooted in age-old traditions from across the African continent. Our designs are, in themselves, stories – explaining how we’ve interpreted the stories behind […]

Contemporary Design Africa

Q&A with the author of Contemporary Design Africa

    Tapiwa Matsinde, a graphic designer and brand consultant, launched her blog Atelier Fifty-Five, one of our favourite resources on African design, as a personal project to gather inspiring work she came across. But after a few years doing so, she saw potential for a book — and so did Thames & Hudson, which published Contemporary Design […]

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Our top 6 galleries to see this weekend at Somerset House’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Fresh off back-to-back trips to South Africa and Colombia, I’m finally home in England this weekend. But the second I drop my bags at the door, I’m headed out again — this time to Somerset House, for the third London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. In fact, I’ve already taken a gander around […]

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Behind the print: Riverbed

Going behind the print One of the things we love most about doing events such as Africa Utopia and The Barbican Christmas Market, is all the interesting conversations we get into with you! We’re often asked about the inspiration behind our designs and for this reason, we’ve decided to start a new series on our blog: ‘behind the […]

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