Ilala Palm Pendants by Mash.T Design Studio

Ilala Palm Pendants by Mash.T Design Studio

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Mash.T Design Studio introduces the latest addition to their lighting range – the biomimicry-inspired Ilala Palm lighting collection.

Inspired by the intricate structure of bird nests, Mash.T Design Studio‘s new lighting range, the Ilala Palm lighting collection, is as aesthetically pleasing as it is environmentally responsible.

The Ilala palm, native to Northern KwaZulu-Natal, is a versatile and sustainable material traditionally used by the Zulu people. The fronds of the Ilala palm are harvested and dyed using local vegetation and specific tree barks, resulting in a variety of stunning natural colours. This process not only highlights the beauty of the natural fibres but also supports the preservation of traditional dyeing techniques. This tradition underscores the historical importance of sustainable practices and the ingenuity of using natural materials for everyday needs and underscores Mash.T Design Studio’s commitment to sustainability.

Ilala Palm lighting collection by Mash.T Design Studio

“Our Ilala Palm lighting collection is just one example of how we can create beautiful, functional products that respect and honour the natural world.”

The Mash.T team

The brand has long believed in the power of collaboration and the importance of preserving traditional crafts. By working with master weavers from across South Africa, particularly in KZN, Mash.T Design Studio taps into generational knowledge and craftsmanship that has been passed down through the ages.

To not only conserve natural resources but also create unique, high-quality products that are beautiful and sustainable, many studios like Mash.T Design Studio are starting to repurpose materials and incorporate natural fibres to minimise their environmental footprint. |

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