The First New Product of 2022 is Here
And we are *SOOO* Excited!!
While our core collections of baskets, felt, and pillows continue to expand, we also constantly come across beautiful new décor designs by African artisans. With so much to see, we can't help but pick up a few new things every now and then... Can you blame us?
When we saw these beautiful wall scrolls, traditionally handmade from mudcloth textiles, we were struck by the unique design and soulfulness of the pieces. When we read the story about them and the human principles they represent, they captured our hearts completely.
Our first pieces arrived last week, and they are even more lovely than we imagined...
Read more about these unique pieces below, from AAAA Cooperative in Mali.
Introducing the Bogolan Wall Totems!
The Bogolan, or Bògòlanfini, is a type of Malian textile art made from hand spun cotton. The minimal, geometric designs that adorn these totems are made through a process of hand painting using natural mud from the Niger river and dyes made from locally grown herbs.
The native herbs used to dye the cotton are known to hold medicinal properties and, traditionally, the Bogolan was believed to have the power to absorb negative and dangerous forces. That is why a Bogolan is also commonly referred to as ‘medicine cloth’.
Whether styled alone or in a group, these magnificent totems perfect to accent a small section of wall that is maybe to narrow for other artwork. Their impressive height and traditional rolled style allows for the length to be easily customized to fit any space or wall height. Their neutral color pallet blends perfectly into any décor style, while the minimal designs create a sense of modernity.