Five | Six Textiles are woven by hand using 100% raw cotton in Waraniéné, Côte d’Ivoire. Woven in strips on upright frame wooden looms, these textiles are produced the same way cloth has been created for centuries.
Our motifs are designed by the artisans in keeping with the traditional one-of-a-kind patterns from this region. We collaborate with our artisans to blend these timeless designs with contemporary forms.
Cotton is grown locally. Once harvested, the raw cotton is machine spun into large clumps of rough thread. Waraniéné purchases the cotton in a natural white or a dark indigo color, Blue Marine. The cotton is then finely hand spun onto hand carved spools and threaded onto the looms.
The raw cotton thread is woven into narrow strips of cloth on upright frame looms. These looms are built by the weavers once their training (which takes 10 years) is complete. Operated by foot pedals and by hand, the pattern is created by threading reeds attached to small beams and cranked into position.
The individual strips are cut and zigzagged stitched together. The ends of the strips are finished we a single stitch, leaving the natural cut edge visible.
Each textile is individually inspected in Brooklyn, NY before we ship to you.