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African Patterns
Our patterns are based on ethnic designs, and are always faithful in spirit and approach to the African originals that have influenced their design. However, we often modify them to make them more adaptable and more suitable for design work. They are produced at a very high resolution and are suitable for professional printing.
Thumbnails of patterns are displayed below. Click on a pattern to
see more detailas well as information about its tribal origins.
Ashanti-01
Inspired by Ashanti bronze gold weights: Ghana
BeninBird-01:
Inspired by bird design on drinking vessel: Dahomey
Baoule-01:
Inspired by design on anklets worn by Baoule women: Ivory Coast
BeninCircles-02:
Inspired by Benin bronze sculpture: Nigeria
Bushongo-01:
Inspired by Bushongo raffia pile cloth pattern: Congo-Kinshasa
Padda-01
Inspired by frog design scraped on calabash: Dahomey. Padda is the Afrikaans word for frog (South Africa).
SothoCircles-04
Inspired by Sotho wall mosaic pattern: South Africa
Padda-02
Inspired by frog design carved into Bagam wooden sheath: Cameroon.
BushongoDiam-01
Inspired by diamond-shaped designs on a Bushongo wooden box: Congo-Kinshasa
Fulani-01
Inspired by design carved on calabash: Fulani tribe, Nigeria
BushongoDiam-02
Inspired by design on Bushongo wooden box: Congo-Kinshasa It is similar to designs found on Zulu mats: South Africa
Luba-01
Inspired by pattern carved on Luba wooden sculpture: Congo-Kinshasa
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