The world of high style interiors has embraced Africa in a big way. Some of the world’s most influential interior designers are using traditional African textiles and patterns in homes for design inspiration.
Kuba cloth and Mudcloth are traditional African textiles that are showing up in some of the most exclusive homes. People appreciate the specialness of Kuba cloth but probably haven’t thought about the rich history of a great and ingenious people they are adding when using it in their home.
Kuba cloth is created by the Kuba people of the Congo. They create the cloth by taking the leaf of the Raffia tree hand cut and dye them using mud, indigo and other natural resources. The fibers are weaved into strips to make the fabric using an embroidery technique that’s very time consuming and laborious. Various sub-groups of the Kuba people have different ways to make the fabric using unique patterns or patches. The arrangement of the patterns have meaning and tell a story.
From YSL’s landmark collection L’ Afrik collection to Donna Karan’s wrapped skirts and jackets the colors, patterns, cultural dress and tribal motifs of Africa have been major sources of inspiration for fashion designers for decades.
Today, Africa is inspiring home decor just as it has fashion. Rcently, Kelly Wearstler, Nate Berkus and many other influential interior designers as well as retailers have created product lines inspired by the rich, vibrant and diverse cultures of Africa.
African Tribal Motifs and fabrics create intricate and unique interior decor
The natural color palette and patterns with a significant use of black and brown make these African textiles blend beautifully with neutral monochromatic tones.
Africa is a source of inspiration that elevates a modern room while infusing it with history and culture. This trend will continue to grow and be in vogue.
Will you include it at your home?
Until next time …