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Photo: Oluwa and Celestin
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. As African people moved around the globe, traditional African designs took on new shapes in new worlds. This Mustique print by Malene B for Oluwa and Celestin is a perfect example. Though inspired specifically by the Caribbean, the importance of African heritage in Caribbean culture can be been in the design. According to the designer, "the pattern design, Mustique, was inspired by my mother’s home country, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Mustique is one of the islands in the Grenadines. My brand aesthetic is modern tropical and the brand inspires you to embrace island living anywhere."