Five | Six Textiles is a design brand dedicated to preserving heirloom textiles. Our textiles are mindfully crafted in partnership with the weaving collective of Waraniéné in Northern Côte d’Ivoire. Marrying skilled techniques with contemporary aesthetics, each piece combines the purpose of pictorial weaving with utilitarian process.
The Upright Frame Loom
Handwoven in strips on upright frame looms with the highest quality 100% raw cotton, these textiles are produced using the same materials and techniques developed over hundreds of years. This process produces quality cloth that is significantly durable, reminiscent of nubby linen, and softens with use. Priorities slow production processes and the use of the human hand, each piece is a unique work of art.
We believe the most exceptional textiles come from the artisans who originated them. That’s why we collaborate directly with a collective of Master weavers, ensuring that your textile is woven at the highest quality, with natural materials that will last lifetimes. A nomadic product by nature, textiles are distinguished by their portability, allowing them to tell a story through their use. We’re extremely proud of this long-standing partnership that allows us to design home textiles that can be seamlessly incorporated into your home or taken with you wherever you go.
West African textile design has always been collaborative. The Five | Six Textiles process is no different. Design begins with Dyula motifs - vintage and contemporary - found vial scholarly archives and museum collections. The artistic inspiration really starts flowing once we bring what we discovered to our artisans. The collaborative process begins as they reimagine how these patterns work with contemporary design. The artisans also share histories of the motifs, their names, and meanings behind how they look. This adds context and meaning to our textiles and in so doing produce truly unique works of art.