akwete of a different kind

five tapestries & rugs / handwoven in Nigeria / water hyacinth, fish twine

AKWETE cloth is usually made of cotton thread, and the decorative motifs are produced with cotton threads of a heavier texture or rayon silk. Most Akwete designs or motifs are created through the inspiration of the weaver.

This collection is adopting the Akwete weaving technique using new materials – woven water hyacinth, a natural fibre material and fish twine both of which have never been used in the history of Akwete weaving. 

ARTISAN: Philomena Chigozie Ekwutosi is representative of the Akwete weaving community. She comes from a family of Akwete cloth weavers and is excited about applying the same weaving techniques using new materials to make the collection.

DESIGNER: Toni Akinmoladun is a young multi-disciplinary artist and designer, who is heavily influenced by her rich African culture. She explores the use of natural materials in her creative process to give expressions to her imagination.

BUSINESS Achenyo Idachaba Obaro is a Computer Scientist turned Social Entrepreneur and a Creative at heart. She is the Founder of MitiMeth, an award-winning Social Enterprise transforming waste and building livelihoods through the transformation of invasive aquatic weeds and agricultural residues.

Ebe Ézè 
Akwete Water Hyacinth Tapestry / Throw / Rug

Materials: handwoven with water hyacinth fiber and fish twine.
Size: 40 cm x 60 cm
Weight: 2.5 kg
 
Recommended retail price: 220 € (incl. VAT)

Nru ububa Ézè
Akwete Water Hyacinth Tapestry / Throw / Rug

Materials: handwoven with water hyacinth fiber and fish twine.
Size: 30x 72 cm
Weight: 2 kg
 
Recommended retail price: 195 € (incl. VAT)

Mkpuru Ogwu Ézè
Akwete Water Hyacinth Tapestry / Throw / Rug

Materials: handwoven with water hyacinth fiber and fish twine.
Size: 40 x 60 cm
Weight: 2.5 kg
 
Recommended retail price: 240 € (incl. VAT)
photo credits: Mark Pock