Kenya Miles' IG stream for her brand Traveling Miles Studio is a visual delight. I love seeing glimpses of her process from dyeing textiles to gathering goods during her many travels to sell on her online shop. Kenya has a great eye and I am totally loving her work.
This piece from the website says it best:
Kenya Miles is the artist & alchemist behind Traveling Miles Studio. From the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico to the red clay roads of Ntonso, Ghana, Kenya's process is a ledger of years of wandering and apprenticing around the globe. Utilizing sustainable materials, her work honors ancient practices while harmoniously drawing on a distinctive contemporary voice.
When I saw these GORGEOUS rugs posted by AphroChic on Pinterest from their recent article on About.com I just had to share here. Each rug in this collection for ABC Carpet & Home is hand-woven from recycled cotton t-shirts by South African artisans. It would be awesome to add them all to my textile collection.
I've been wanting some funky masculine flats for fall and was thrilled when I stumbled upon these lovely options. My daily style is pretty basic and neutral (tees and jeans), so patterned shoes are perfect to add a little flair. Like these hand-crafted shoes made from Ankara fabric from Tawia Designs (above).
The Ten and Co. oxfords pictured above are hand-made in morocco using leather and rugs or woven blankets. I love how colors and print add punch to the classic silhouette .
I've always been a fan of the sneaks from Ohema Ohene. The gold ones are magical!
Mudcloth (also known as bògòlanfini) is a Malian textile, usually cotton, that is resist-dyed with fermented mud. Artists create decorative pattern designs that are usually abstracted images representing everyday life and objects.
I've always loved mudcloth and appreciate seeing various interpretations of the cloth for fashion and home:
Stay warm this winter with deliciously chunky handmade knits, like cowls, scarves and shawls (for men and women) from DC based brand DeNada. Founder, Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, pulls from her Peruvian heritage to design the pieces and then has them produced in Peru by skilled artisans. I purchased a beautiful chunky cowl a few weeks ago and can't stop wearing it!
The surface design brand, Moniquilla, has always been a favorite of mine with it's beautiful palettes and pattern mixes. I was more familiar with Moniquilla's paper products, like notebooks and stationery, but recently found these fun tie-dyed t-shirts and beautifully printed scarves. After digging a little deeper and found other clothing applications from the brand. I want to rock everything!