I started ecoafriq
in 2016. I grew up around African crafts and love the colours, creativity and culture.
The materials I favour to weave hats and bags are raffia straw, sugarcane, sisal fibres and vines. These materials are biodegradable, easy to dye, weave and are sourced in Africa.
Leftover fruits and vegetables materials such as peels and skins, beetroot, avocado skins, spinach, brown onions, plums, used tea bags- are some of the organic ingredients used for creating natural dyes in a variety of colours. My team and I mix and experiment with different plants, fruits and vegetables scraps to see what type of colours we can create. The intensity and shade vary, depending on what and how fruits, vegetables and plants are combined. The benefits of making our own dyes is that they’re easy to make and toxin free.
Africa has 54 independent states. Each country has its own craftsmanship styles and creativity. African textiles are a form of expression that Africans use to define themselves. The textiles art gives insights into the social, economic complexities, and creativity of many African communities whose sophisticated cultures we may otherwise remain ignorant about.
The handcrafted products are also eco friendly, constructed from clean resources and are made in a workshop by talented artisans.