The Stories Behind Vintage Textiles

Many of the textiles sold on are vintage, meaning they previously belonged to an African household, and have incredible stories behind them.  Some of the blankets may have been patched because of a slight tear that occurred during an aqiqah in Mali (Islamic baby shower).  Another may have a small drop of palm oil that was left while making groundnut soup at a family home in Côte D'Ivoire. 

Baule people

All of the blankets sold on Nasara are in great condition and come from villages all over West Africa.  Our vintage indigo blankets come from Mali from the Dogon people and Bamana tribe in Mali.  Vintage Baule blankets come from central Côte D'Ivoire from the Baule tribe.  The vintage mudcloth, otherwise known as Bògòlanfini, traditionally come from Mali from the Bambara tribe.

When you purchase a vintage textile, either a throw pillow, you are buying an item that has had a journey through West Africa. Consider a vintage textile to add to your home- a unique beautiful handmade product with its own story to tell.

TOP: Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 1972. Image no. EEPA EECL 6900. Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
BOTTOM: Photograph by Boukary Konate, Mali