"The Graphic Africa cushion collection was developed in Senegal and is a collaboration between Habitat’s senior designer for textile & colour, Rebecca Hoyes, and textile designer Boubacar Doumbia.
Boubacar is an expert on the textile design technique of bogalan. The artist works with mud or clay and paints the background of the woven cotton cloth leaving the outline of the of the pattern untouched.
Rebecca describes her time working with Doumbia as truly inspiring. ‘Fishermen brought the mud from the Niger river and we worked through the designs in the extreme Senegalese heat. I wanted to explore the contemporary possibilities of the technique. I’m so happy with the results.’
While the design process happened in Senegal, the cushions themselves have been produced in Doumbia’s manufacturing studios in Mali which is run as a social enterprise training young people in textile production and developing their business skills..."
"Burkina Faso is by no means an area frequented by tourists, but at the base of a hill overlooking the surrounding sun-drenched West African savannah lies an extraordinary village, a circular 1.2 hectare complex of intricately embellished earthen architecture. It is the residence of the chief, the royal court and the nobility of the Kassena people, who first settled the region in the 15th century, making them one of the oldest ethnic groups in Burkina Faso...” More on Messy Nessy Chic Courtesy Messy Nessy Chic