in fabric

June 17, 2020

There’s a little fabric shop near Queen and Spadina where piles and piles of colourful and richly decorated African textiles spill out from white mesh bins. I’m often tempted to buy a bundle of them and make them into place mats or napkins, or just admire them as a bundle on my kitchen table. This morning, I came across the work of London-based Ghanaian designer, Phyllis Taylor whose gorgeous line SIKA is fashioned from eye-poppingly beautiful West African textiles. “To convince somebody to take something that was made in Africa, with African print and made by a designer that was virtually unheard of, it was very difficult,” Taylor told the BBC of her early challenges. She has since emerged as a designer to watch, with coverage in Vogue, a growing fan base and collaborations a plenty. Taylor’s latest collection includes a Batik puff sleeve jumpsuit, bright pink shirt dress and zebra print bolero that fuse traditional African prints with cuts that are modern, sexy and bold. Each piece is made sustainably in Ghana.

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