By Nicole Bemboom.
This summer, we’re loving the projects and companies that explore and benefit Africa’s textile arts.
We love the beautiful 100% cotton scarfs from FashionABLE. Both the medium-weight, subtly-patterned Bezauyhu scarf (hello, San Francisco “summer”) and the fabulous, saturated single-color, lightweight Meselu would be perfect presents for those with summer birthdays. If the affordable price and perfect drape aren’t enough, each purchase from FashionABLE helps create jobs in a sustainable business model where profits are used to help women get out of dangerous situations in Ethiopia.
If you want to see the most elegant textiles we’ve seen in a long time, you’ll want to check out Designboom’s image-rich coverage of Atelier Rwanda’s beautiful, naturally dyed fabrics.
Kikoy4Kenya makes vivid scarfs that are perfect to use as summer skirts or beach blankets. K4K is also a community project that funds the Koinonia Education Centre in Nairobi.