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Design Afrika

Design Afrika, founded by Binky Newman, designs, markets and promotes finely crafted hand-woven basketry and fabrics in an ethical and sustainable manner. 

This Cape Town brand manages to stay true to its African roots by cultivating the creative and entrepreneurial side of rural communities by enabling their creations and connecting them with consumers for the hand-woven products they produce.

 

The art of weaving bags from natural materials – dried grass or bamboo, for example – is millennia-old, with basketry techniques dating back to ancient Egypt. Jane Birkin in the late 1960s and 1970s made a picnic basket her signature accessory, making her the woman most associated with the style.

By promoting well-made, functional and artistic craft, Design Afrika aims to contribute to the acknowledgement of Africa as a source of inspiration and design skills.

 

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