Loom Of Africa

A Bamana weaver at his foot loom in Mali, West Africa

A Bamana weaver at his foot loom in Mali, West Africa

The designs of the Loom of Africa series are adorned with decorative bands that are hand-woven by the tribal Bamana weavers of Mali, in Saharan West Africa.

These narrow strips of hand-loomed organic cotton cloth are woven on double-heddle foot looms, where the warp yarns of hand-spun cotton, in lengths of many yards, are extended from a wooden framework structure, in which an individual weaver sits at his treadle. The weaving is done outdoors, in the open sun-baked lands of the Sahel countries, just south of the Sahara Desert.

 


 

Loom Of Africa / Ivory

The ‘Ivory’ series consists of three design themes of hand-woven cotton decorative bands that have an ivory colored background with black accent features:

Sahara
SAHARA’: is a thick and nubby cotton with in-woven black, widthwise, ladder stripes.

Sahel
SAHEL’: is a ribbed cotton weave with narrow, black, lengthwise, railroad stripes.

Bamana
BAMANA’: is an ivory-based Mudcloth, dyed with river mud in various black motifs

The base fabric for the Ivory collection is an organic flax linen, in the paler neutral hues of Stone, Ivory, Ginger and Sand.

Loom of Africa - Ivory - Swatches

 


 

Loom Of Africa / Ebony

The ‘Ebony’ series consists of two design themes of hand-woven cotton bands and dyed raffia cloth, with an overall ebony background theme. Added features sometimes include raw jute decorative bands and cowrie shell appliques.

BOGOLAN’ is an ebony-based hand-loomed Mudcloth that is resist-dyed with black river mud to produce various white motifs. Mudcloth is woven in narrow strips on the Bamana foot loom; it is used in the pillow collections as a design accent on the side and front closures of the pillows and on the front pockets of the tote bags.

Side and front closures / Double front pocket on tote bags

Left: Side and front closures / Right: Double front pocket on tote bags

BAKUBA’ is a raffia-based cloth that is woven by the indigenous Kuba tribes of the African Congo. These weavings are either tie dyed with natural ebony vegetal dyes, extracted from plants of the Congolese forests, or intricately embroidered with the natural fibers of the Raffia Palm that are dyed in hues of sepia and reddish browns.

Bukuba

Patterns vary considerably from one cloth to the other and the weaving is used to cover the entire front of pillows, with the envelope closure at the back or sides.

Side and back closures

Left: Back closure / Right: Side closure

The base fabric used for the Ebony collection is an organic flax linen, in the darker hues of Ginger, Cocoa and Chocolat.

Loom of Africa - Ebony - Swatches

 


 

Sizes and Prices for Loom of Africa Collections

Sizes and Prices for Loom of Africa Collections