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Brief Published: 18 Mar 2013

Tropicalia Update: Interwoven at Habitat


Stylus stopped by Interwoven, the latest exhibition at the Platform Gallery, UK retailer Habitat’s in-store exhibition space. Exploring the “diversity of the art of weaving”, the exhibition features baskets evocative of the inventive style and colour palette depicted in Stylus’ Summer 2014 Concept Tropicalia

The exhibition contains the work of Swaziland-based enterprise Gone Rural, run by London’s Central Saint Martins graduate Philippa Thorne. In operation for more than 20 years, the organisation provides self-employment for more than 750 women living in rural areas of Swaziland. The enterprise works with the women to develop traditional African basketry techniques to create contemporary pieces to appeal to a “sophisticated world market”. 

The most recent collection features a range of brightly coloured baskets handwoven from grass, sisal and recycled fabrics. The vessels feature vivid colours in chevron and patchwork patterns, with embellishment details made from recycled leather and sweet wrappers. 

The exhibition runs until April 28 2013 at Habitat, 208 Kings Road, London. 


Gone Rural