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We Love Mud cloth

By | African designers, Design Network Africa, designers, Discover Africa Premium Luxury, Ethical Fashion, fabrics, favourite pieces, Inspired By Africa, old post, old post promoter, Online shop, Repost, republish, republishing | One Comment

If you are an avid Adele Dejak follower, you must have noticed this beautiful, unique fabric we use on our bags every once in a while: The fabric is called Mud Cloth, also known as Bogolanfini in its native Malian language. Mud cloth is handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using fermented mud, a process that dates back to the 12th century. On our recent trip to Paris, we met up with Boubacar Doumbia, a fellow member of the Design Network programme. Boubacar owns a textile workshop called Le Ndomo. Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people…

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Noir Lover in paris Recap

By | Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Africa-Forward, African designers, boutiques, Design Network Africa, event, exhibition, Our trips, Paris | No Comments

Hello Noir Lover! As you know the past couple of days have been spent in Paris, and what an invigorating time it has been here! We touched base at the Maison & Objet trade fair, from the 2nd to the 6th of September, and this turned out to be quite the success story. We showcased some of our most popular pieces and received the most positive responses from the event attendees.   We were privileged to meet some of the best fashion and art brands from around the globe. In particular, we were quite taken by AAKS Handcrafted of Ghana, Diallo designs…

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Adele Dejak at Maison & Objet

By | Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Design Network Africa, event, exhibition, Noir Lover, Our trips, Paris | No Comments

Greetings Team Adele! Once again our Noir Lover adventures have landed us somewhere exciting. This time we are in Paris! We are here for an international trade show called Maison & Objet. Maison & Objet is a professional trade fair that brings together fashion designers, interior designers, architects and buyers all under one roof. Each year, Maison & Objet has been carrying out editions in Asia (Singapore), America (Miami Beach) and most recently an expansion into Paris. Thanks to the facilitation by Design Network Africa, Adele Dejak will be exhibiting at the show everyday between the 2nd and the 6th of…

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Afrika Handmade Symposium & Gallery 2015

TBT: Afrika Handmade Symposium & Gallery 2015

By | African designers, Afrika Handmade Symposium & Gallery 2015, Alliance Francaise, Artisans, Design Network Africa, event, exhibition, gallery, hand made, kitenge | One Comment

One of the unforgettable things that we did this year was attending the 2015 Afrika Handmade Symposium & Gallery. The event which took place at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi was organised by Craft Afrika, a social enterprise that works towards identifying, creating and supporting market penetration for hand crafters in Africa. The symposium was a two day affair taking place on 1st and 2nd October while the gallery ran from 30th September all through to 16th November. The event was sponsored by Design Network Africa, Bamburi Cement, Alliance Francaise and HEVA Fund. Partners included Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass and GoDown Arts Centre. The participants, designers and artisans in the craft and handmade…

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