Art-i-san fabrics

" Art and craft intervention is one way of helping the San culture to survive in a transitional world, and to develop trading links.  From the results of other San art and craft projects, art and craft has not only empowered individuals, but has been an effective way of reaching a broader audience.  It promotes the voice of the San and it is a visual window into their culture, which is rapidly disappearing." 

Cheryl Rumbak

The textile designs and the artists are from two main groups. The !Xun and Khwe and the !Xung and Kwagga from Namibia and Angola. These designs are a result of art development workshops facilitated by Cheryl Rumbak and the Rossing Foundation in 2002 aimed at identifying artists, providing basic skills training and advanced art development that were initiated in the hope of finding a sustainable source of income for the most ancient and marginalised group of people in Southern Africa.  These development projects were successful in tapping into the creativity and imagery of the San, who were mostly known for their legacy of rock art. The playful images produced from linocuts and oil paintings have been sold both to international and local art collectors for the past 16 years.

The idea of translating these images onto textiles began about 10 years ago when Cheryl Rumbak developed a range of fabrics for the Kamatoka San shop at Montebello.

Art-I-San textiles (previously koka textiles) were presented at the Design Indaba in 2008 and 2010 and the response was enormously positive.  We will be launching new designs at Design Indaba 2013.  We sell meterage and have a product range that includes cushion covers, table linen and bags.  Royalties for meterage printed is paid to the artist whose images have been used.  These products are IFAT approved and are managed by Omba Arts Trust in Namibia.

The Southern African San are made up of small communities spread out from the Northern Cape, Kimberley area, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.

 

OUR FABRICS

 

Art-i-san fabrics are available in all of the designs displayed below. The swatches below each design indicate the colourways currently in stock for each design and are updated as new stock becomes available.
All Art-i-san fabrics are printed on 100% cotton twill and are available at R390 per meter.

For our Linen range please contact us at kbmodern@iafrica.com

PRINT COLOURS

       Agapanthus                Red                    Ice Blue                  Black              Bright Orange            White                   Capri                 Sea Foam

      Agapanthus                Red                    Ice Blue                  Black              Bright Orange            White                   Capri                 Sea Foam

FABRIC COLOURS

             Red                  Silver Grey             Dove Grey            Navy Blue                Black                  Natural                  White                   Stone

            Red                  Silver Grey             Dove Grey            Navy Blue                Black                  Natural                  White                   Stone

In addition to our current stock you can order any of our designs in any combination of fabric and print colours indicated in the chart above.
 

 

GRASSHOPPEr

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

ELEPHANT AND SNAKE

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK 

 

CELL

 

LIONS AND TREES

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

ANIMALS AROUND THE SNAKE

 

ANIMALS AROUND THE SNAKE MINI

 

TREES AND PODS

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

TREE AND PODS MINI

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

DRAGONFLY

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OSTRICH

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

MILLET

 

BOTANICAL

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

BOTANICAL MINI

 

ZEBRA REPEAT

COLOURWAYS IN STOCK

 

BIRDS

 

BIRD AND SUN

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ARTISAN Fabric Products 2017

 

ART-I-SAN CUSHION COVERS

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                                           OXFORD BORDER                                                                                            PIPED BORDER 

  Sizes:  Single-sided with Piping:
45 x 45cm / 17” square    50 x 50cm / 19’ square      60 x 60cm / 23’ square

Single-sided with Oxford border:
60 x 60cm / 23’ square (to fit 50 x 50cm / 19‘ inner)   70 x 70cm / 27’ square  (to fit 60 x 60cm / 23’ inner)

Available in assorted  colourways and designs.
Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Backed with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths. 
Overlap fold at back, no zip.   40 degree wash, warm iron

 

ART-I-SAN CLOTH BAGS

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 iPAD BAG                                                                      FLARED SHOPPER                                                                          BOOK BAG

Sizes:   iPAD Bag:   25 x 20cm / 10’ x 8’ (handle 54cm / 21’ )   Lined with pocket, no zip
Flared Shopping Bag:   38 x 45cm /  15’ x 18’ (handle 28cm / 11’)   Lined, with zip
Book Bag:   25 x 20cm / 10’ x 8’ (handle 54cm / 21’)   Straight, unlined, no zip

Available in assorted colourways and designs.  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths with zip.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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CARMEN BAG (short handle)                                                  OVAL SHOPPER                                                          POUCH BAGS (long handle)

Sizes:  Pouch Bag:   25 x 20cm / 0’ x 0’ (handle 54cm / 21,6’ ) -    Lined , no zip
Carmen Bag:   25 x 20cm / 0’ x 0’ (handle 14cm / 5,6’ ) -    Straight, unlined, no zip
Oval Shopping Bag: -    38 x 45cm /  15’ x 18’ (handle 28cm / 11’) -    Lined, with zip

Available in assorted colourways and designs.  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths with zip.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 

ART-I-SAN LEATHER & CLOTH BAGS

 

SMALL SLING BAG                                                                                                                                                            BACKPACK

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OVERNIGHT BAG     

Sizes:   Small Sling Bag:   21 x 21cm /  8,4’ x 8,4’ (handle 127cm / 50,.8’) -    Lined, with zip
Backpack:   25 x 30cm / 10’ x 12’ (handle 72cm / 28,8’) -    Straight, unlined, no zip
Overnight Bag:   50 x 27cm / 20’ x 10,8’ (handle 54cm / 0’ ) -    Straight, unlined, no zip

Available in assorted colourways and designs.  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths with zip.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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CLASSIC HANDBAG

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LARGE SLING BAGS

Sizes:       

Large Sling Bag:   28 x 32cm / 11,2’ x 12,8’ (handle 114cm / 45,6’ )   Lined with pocket, no zip
Classic Hand Bag:   38 x 45cm / 15’ x 18’ (handle 40cm / 16’)   Straight, unlined, no zip

Available in assorted colourways and designs. .  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths with zip.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 

ART-I-SAN ACCESSORIES

 
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         MULTI - PURPOSE  CASE                                                                                          PENCIL CASE 

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COIN PURSES  

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MAKE-UP CASES

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 LINED MAKE - UP BAG

Sizes :   Pencil Case:  28 x 12 cm / 10’ x 8’   Unlined, with zip.
Make - up Case:     10 x 21 cm /  4’ x 8’   Unlined, with zip.
Coin Purse:  16 x 12 cm / 6’ x 5’   Unlined, with zip.
Multi - Purpose Case:      21 x 18 cm / 8’ x 7’   Unlined, with zip.
Make - up Bag:      22 x 12 cm / 8,8’ x 4,8’   Lined, with zip.

Available in assorted colourways and designs.  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths with zip.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 

ART-I-SAN HOMEWARE

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TEA COSY

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POT HOLDERS

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OVEN GLOVES

Sizes: Tea Cosy:   34 x 28cm / 13,6’ x 11,2’   Lined
Pot Holders:   21 x 21cm /  8,4’ x 8,4’   Lined
Oven Gloves:   34 x 20cm / 13’ x 8’   Lined

Available in assorted colourways and designs.   Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
Lined with unprinted cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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APRONS

Size:  Apron: -    88 x 63cm / 35’ x 25’ (halter - neck strap 56cm / 22’    back straps 66cm/26‘ each)

Available in assorted colourways and designs.   Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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TEA TOWELS

Sizes:  Tea Towel:    70 x 45cm / 28’ x 18’ 

Available in assorted colourways and designs.   Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 

TABLE CLOTHS

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Sizes:  1,4m x 1.5m / 55’ x 59’,      1,4m x 2,0m / 55’ x 78’ ,       1,4m x 2,5m / 55’ x 98’         1,4m x 3,0m / 55’ x 118’,        1,4m x 3,5m / 55’ x 137’
 

 

TABLE RUNNERS

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 Sizes:  1,2m x 45cm / 47’ x 18’,   1,5m x 45cm / 59’ x 18’ ,   2,0m x 45cm / 79’ x 18’  2,2m x 45cm / 87’ x 18’,   2.5m x 45cm / 98’ x 18’      
2,8m x 45cm/110’ x 18’

Available in assorted colourways and designs.   Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
  40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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PLACEMATS

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NAPKINS

Sizes:  Placemat:   48 x 35cm / 19’ x 14’ 
Napkins:   48 x 46cm /  19’ x 18’ 

Available in assorted colourways and designs.  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing.
40 degree wash, warm iron.

 
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PLACEMATS

 Sizes:  Placemat:   48 x 35cm / 19’ x 14’ 

Available in Black on Cream, Cream on Black, White on Cream,  Flatbed hand-printed in waterbased pastes and pigments
on sturdy cotton/linen blend or 100% linen basecloths.  Heat-cured post printing, 40 degree wash, warm iron.