This season traditional Malian mud-cloth (or Bogolanfini) textiles influenced us a lot. Mud-cloth has an important place in traditional Malian culture; the techniques are ancient and the patterns are rich in cultural significance and meaning.
These textiles are traditionally hand woven and hand printed, resulting in a lovely tactile hand-made quality, and each piece is unique. Because we don't have access to these traditional printing techniques, we had to find another way to achieve a similar look for our designs. We ended up using the ‘discharge’ technique, a process whereby colour is extracted out of the dyed base-cloth to varying degrees with varied results, which – in our desire to achieve a sense of the hand-made – we delighted in!