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No more plastic bags- get a Tommy tote
The Tommy Tote

No more plastic bags- get a Tommy tote

From today the 5th of October, 2015, you will have to pay 5p for the use of a plastic bag to put your shopping in within the UK. This new law applies to all shops and stores with more than 250 employees. Apparently, over 7 billion plastic bags a year are handed out in stores…

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Iro and buba

Iro and buba

The iro and buba (pronounced "ee-roe" and "boo-bah") are the most essential parts of a Yoruba woman's traditional outfit. I say the iro and buba are essential because they are the skirt and blouse and are the basis for the outfit. The complete outfit in actual fact consists of 5 separate parts. The iro, buba, gele, pele…

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Adire Patterns: Story Telling Through Adire
Storytelling-Through-Adire

Adire Patterns: Story Telling Through Adire

We are huge fans of batik fabric, in particular   Although I knew what some of these symbols represented, I have always wanted a catalogue of sorts, where they were all explained. I was extremely excited to learn of the new book  by Allyson Aina Davies which I purchased immediately. The book details very beautifully with illustrations what each…

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Alpaca- The luxurious option
Midnight Blue Alpaca Cowl

Alpaca- The luxurious option

Aren't Alpacas just so cute. Apart from their cuteness they also produce Alpaca Yarn a lustrous and silky natural fiber and tends to be warmer and not prickly in comparison to wool. It is also soft and luxurious and tends to have a glossy shine compared to regular wool. Extra Chunky Knit Alpaca Cowl/Snood in Midnight Blue The grasslands required to…

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Introducing Adire
We love Adire

Introducing Adire

Àdìre Adire pronounced (pronounced ah-d-reh) is the indigo dyed cloth made predominantly by Yoruba women in South-West Nigeria. The fabric is produced using a range of resist dye techniques. There are several techniques used to make adire ranging from tieing and stitching the areas that will resist the dye, to the use of wax for the same purpose. Additional methods…

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Colour of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
Lilac Wool Cowl

Colour of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth Every January, Pantone declares a So I am wishing you a very Happy New Year, one of new beginnings, exciting adventures and a lot to be thankful for at the end of the year. We hope you join us as we bring you new products, news…

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Adinkra

Adinkra

"What I hear, I keep " Adinkra are the distinct and instantly recognisable motifs and symbols used in Ghanaian culture particularly by the Akan people. They are commonly seen in fabric but also used on pottery, furniture, in architecture and so on. Though extremely beautiful and decorative, each symbol represents various messages,  proverbs and concepts. A…

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Emerald: Colour of the year
Emerald Green Batik Clutch

Emerald: Colour of the year

"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." Every year Emerald Green. The specific green is referenced as PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald. Forest Green and you can't go wrong with Lime Green! What is your favourite colour?

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Five Fave Blogs

Do you have your default go-to blogs where you know you will always find something interesting, that appeals to you sense? Here are my favourite five blogs. These five embody my interests in architecture, entrepreneurship, handmade, furniture design, fashion and quirky creativity. They are perhaps not entirely blogs but hey. 1. The Sartorialist- www.design-milk.com/ 3. Red…

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Yinka Shonibare- FABRIC–ATION at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

When: 
2 March – 1 September 2013 Where: Underground Gallery, Chapel, YSP Centre and open air   Yinka Shonibare though I am yet to see it in person. If you are in the Yorkshire area you can get to see for yourself (and tell me all about it). There is an ongoing showing of his works at…

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