If you have ever had the pleasure of traveling to an African country, the varied and colorful fabrics might have caught your eye. In current design trends, we can see that modern interpretations of these traditional African tribal designs are being used to create stunning residential interiors.
Joni Vanderslice of J Banks Design Group experienced these beautiful mix patterns and fabrics on her trips to Africa. Taking inspiration from those trips, she teamed up with Kravet Fabrics to create an eye-catching performance fabric collection called the Tanzania Collection. The following are a few of her highlight pieces from the collection, as well as a backstory from Joni herself.
Banati – “This fabric was inspired by woven fabrics in Tanzania and also from old African fabrics displayed in the High Museum of Art and at the Mint Museum of Charlotte.”
Nyota – “The fabrics worn by locals, used for pillows at two Safari camps, and from patterns found on buildings inspire this look and pattern.”Mistari – “This fabric was inspired by the stripes found in the native baskets woven in Tanzania.”Maisha – “This fabric was inspired by the Kente Cloths of Ghana. When visiting Ghana, I was amazed by the range of Kente Cloths and wanted to create something inspired by these. I brought back a number of these fabrics and recovered a chair in them for my home.”
This collection is doing more than just providing interiors with an incredible look. A portion of the proceeds from the Tanzania Collection will be donated to the Valentine Project, a non-profit organization created by Joni that is dedicated to an orphanage in Tanzania.