Inspiration: Africa

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.

FashionABLE Scarf

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.

Atelier Rwanda fabric

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.

K4K scarf

Details

FashionABLE

http://livefashionable.com/

Atelier Rwanda

http://atelierwanda.wordpress.com/

Kikoy4Kenya

http://kikoy4kenya.bigcartel.com/

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