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Leaf and polka dot print. Late 19th century.

Leaf and polka dot print. Late 19th century.

Sunflower print on cotton. Late 19th century (or 1995?)

Sunflower print on cotton. Late 19th century (or 1995?)

Floral and leaf print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral and leaf print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Pink branch print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Pink branch print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Calladium leaf print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Calladium leaf print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Roses and ribbons print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Roses and ribbons print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Geometric print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Geometric print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Print on textured cotton. Late 19th century.

Print on textured cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral print on cotton and silk striped fabric. 

Floral print on cotton and silk striped fabric. 

Floral on plain ground. 

Floral on plain ground. 

Textural print with circles and line work.

Textural print with circles and line work.

Sacred Animals is a limited edition heritage collection of West African textiles—100% ethical, 100% sustainable, 100% handmade in Africa.  These textiles illustrate the importance of animal motifs in Burkino Faso cultures and are completely “free” woven—without the use of a template or pattern—by master weavers.   

Sacred Animals will be on view in The Design Center galleries through April 24.  Please join us for a reception Monday April 14 from 4-7pm. 

 

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Floral print with wheat on sheer fabric.

Floral print with wheat on sheer fabric.