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Toghal at 1:54

Our not-so-secret project draws to a close, and a new beginning, at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair this week. As a company, we always set out to marry heritage with the new, and the launch of our designer-led stool and bolster cushion fits this narrative. We are proud to have collaborated with Ifeanyi Oganwu […]

Toghal Riverbed Print

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 […]

Woven in by women in Keffi, Plateau State, Nigeria  (1976 - 1978)

Weavings from Keffi

A guest post from Sue Ubagu. Whilst teaching in Central Nigeria in the mid 1970s, I was fascinated by the skills of local craftspeople. Amongst my adult students, I identified 70 distinct ethnic groups, each with their own identity, language, customs, traditions, and craft skills.  In the community, I befriended the four wives of the […]

Bogolan IndianapolisMuseum

Bogolanfini Cloth

The Bamana people from Mali make this mud cloth with an unusual technique. Starting with locally grown cotton which is then spun into yarn, which is then woven into narrow strips of cloth, when are then stitched together to make a larger canvas. The completed cloth is then washed and sun-dried so that it shrinks […]

Kente Cloth

Kente Cloth

Kente cloth is a cloth in brightly patterned geometric strips, that is traditionally woven into strips by the Ashanti people from Ghana. Similar cloth is also woven by Ewe people, with slightly different motifs and colourways.   The two can be distinguished by the exuberance of the colour choice, with the Ewe cloth being in […]

An embroidered Hausa robe in indigo fabric

Vintage African Textiles

The Adire African Textiles shop at Alfie’s market is always a source of textile inspiration and creative ideas. On a grey mid-wintery day, the blast of visual interest starts at the door. In many parts of Nigeria, wide sleeved gowns are embroidered around the neck with intricate patterns.     In Mali, cloth is sometimes […]


Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed Installation

Imagine moving 180 tonnes of Icelandic gravel into a building and then running your own stream through it? Not many people get the chance to dream-think such an audacious idea, and then get to see it happen in real life.    Olafur Eliasson’s installation at the Louisiana Museum is yet another experiment in allowing art […]