Nested

We’ve already looked at African tribal design in a previous post, but here are some more examples with a particular focus on animals.

• Dillon Marsh’s Assimilation series are not giant shaggy rugs hanging on telephone poles but bird’s nests made of grass, straw, cotton, and sticks. The sociable weaver bird builds these nests and welcomes all species of birds, a smart idea because more eyes can watch for predators and spot food sources.

• This Mask comes from the Niger River region and represents the human-animal character Banda. The human face has a crocodile’s jaw, antelope horns, and chameleon’s tail. In ritual dance, the raffia covers the face of the wearer and comes down to his knees, while he imitates the movements of various animals.

• The Mara Hoffman Fall 2013 Collection combined animal prints with designs inspired by the traditional textiles of Turkey, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

• This Pouch by Knot Fade Away has turquoise and citrine stones woven into the hemp macrame.

• Kim Covington’s Necklace strings together a wildly colorful array of African beads and small silver disks.

• Claudia Louis’ Pillow is made of African mud cloth with patterns that are narratives about that particular region or group.

• Ronald Omondi’s Kuba Cloth is made by the labor-intensive process of weaving raffia and creating geometric patterns with needlework and dying.

• Gertrude Kitia’s Beaded Sandals are made in her shop in the village of Usa River, Tanzania.

This Clutch by Orli + Mendelovitch has a tightly-folded geometric shape and a tough yet pliable surface that exposes wood grain.

• Addie’s Journal is made of rust-red leather with a mud cloth border.

• Carol Dean Sharpe’s Cuff is made of copper-colored beads crafted in a rippling peyote stitch.