One of the great pleasures of Spring is flinging open the bedroom windows and replacing our heavy winter blankets and duvets with lighter weight bed linens. This season we have the perfect pillows, throws and blankets in happy patterns and unique indigos to indulge this vernal equinox ritual.
We designed this distinctive indigo dyed cotton bedding in partnership with a women’s cooperative located in Bamako, the capital city of the Republic of Mali. The cooperative was founded in 2004 by a group of ten craftswomen whose mission it is to help other women in their fight against poverty. In doing so, the artisans become part of a professional and social workplace, while dramatically improving their economic condition.
As part of the cooperative, these women are taught the textile art of natural dyeing in the tradition of indigo bogolan. The seemingly contemporary looks are based on ancient mud cloth designs and techniques. Additionally, they are trained to spin locally sourced cotton into yarn, weave cloth, cut and sew fabric, and crochet. This award winning collective has plans to construct a plant to house the making of these traditional home textiles, thereby creating over 1,000 jobs for local craftswomen.