Mungo’s New Mali Cloth

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Local textile brand Mungo has launched a vibrant new woven textile range, inspired by traditional West African strip-cloth.

Professional weaver Stuart Holding travelled to Mali to learn more about this age-old technique, which drove him to bring the textile style and process back to the South.

In Mali, the weaving is done by men on homemade plain handlooms constructed from natural materials. A wide cloth is made by sewing together long strip panels, painstakingly matching the patterns by using their hands or fingers to measure the spaces.

The Mali Cloths here are woven on Dornier Looms at the Mungo mill in Plettenberg Bay. The Mungo Mali Cloth is available in eight different colour combinations, four of which are bright and flat and four that are subtle and textural.

The collection consists of cushion covers, bed throws and table runners.

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