Bright patterns, bold choices. Tapping into two trends that have been smoking hot in fashion for the last few seasons, this style mashup blends graphic shapes and patterns found in the traditional folk arts of many African tribal cultures with a youthful, fluorescent palette. This might seem an odd pairing, but taking a closer at the beautiful ceremonial costumes of tribes such as the Dogon and Bwa of Mali, you’ll find saturated shades of hot pink, vivid blue and acid yellow.
Products with purpose. No matter what your budget might be, there are a growing number of high and lower priced pieces that can work with this colorful design mashup. Elements such as baskets woven by Zulu tribesmen from recycled telephone wire, Cameroonian Juju hats made of colorfully dyed feathers or brightly patterned pillows can all infuse your space with tribal-inspired style. Some of the companies selling these products, such as Swahili Modern and Ten Thousand Villages offer artisan crafted, fair trade goods that can directly benefit the preservation of many of these communities.
Mastering the mix. Bright fluoro shades typically work best in spaces where they can take center stage. White walls, pale floors and a palette of light upholstery provide a beautiful backdrop for brighter tones. African antiques and Afro-inspired modern accessories in white shades are ideal companions for these boldly colored pieces. For more drama, you can try pairing neon pieces with deep charcoal paint colors, textiles and dark wooden floors.
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