Finding Inspiration in colour and textures
Ushanga is the swahili name for stringed beaded jewellry, It is a vital part of the adornment culture among the Oromo of kenya. This colourful collection pays a homage to the jewellry adornment culture of the oromo through a luxurious stripe print and pattern collection for use in the interior industry. The intense beauty and intricacies of the excess layering of colourful stringed beads appear heavy but are worn on their necks with pride. The colours are directly picked from photographs of the jewellry whereas the density of colour and texture are inspired by the numerous layers of stringed beads.
These digitally printed fabrics create a bold statement in your home when applied to soft furnishings as well as select statement pieces like a feature wall because the directionality of the patterns draws your eye.
USHANGA PRINT COLLECTION
Ndoa means Marriage in the swahili language. This print and pattern collection seeks to tell the story of traditional african marriage ceremonies through body adornment. The prints are inspired by the aesthetics of fabrics used in these ceremonies, the leso and Maasai shuka. This collection focuses on the Turkana from kenya, celebrating the beauty the people saw in their traditional body adornment practices through scarification, elaborate hairstyles and jewellery in a modern light. This prints are for use in the interior industry. In modern day, the textiles can be transformed past the use of textile for clothing but also brought into the home through soft furnishings.
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The colours in this collection are the vibrant colours commonly seen in the landscape in fertile rural areas as well as the rich colour of the skin of its people.