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

      Agapanthus                Red                    Ice Blue                  Black              Bright Orange            White                   Capri                 Sea Foam

      Agapanthus                Red                    Ice Blue                  Black              Bright Orange            White                   Capri                 Sea Foam

            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.
A minimum order of 120m per colourway is required.

 

GRASSHOPPER

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ELEPHANT AND SNAKE

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CELL

 

LIONS AND TREES

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ANIMALS AROUND THE SNAKE

 

ANIMALS AROUND THE SNAKE MINI

 

TREES AND PODS

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TREE AND PODS MINI

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DRAGONFLY

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OSTRICH

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MILLET

 

BOTANICAL

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BOTANICAL MINI

 

ZEBRA REPEAT

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BIRDS