An exclusive homeware and lifestyle collaboration between global pattern pioneers PATTERNITY and our own hand painting artisans at TRIBAL TEXTILES. This collection launched in September 2018 online and exclusively at Selfridges for the London Design Festival.

About the collaboration:

United by a shared love of pattern, craft and community, we invited PATTERNITY to Zambia to meet the TRIBAL TEXTILES artisans. The collaboration celebrates our traditional process of starch batik, where the crackle pattern has been reimagined through PATTERNITY’s lens, resulting in beautiful, bold, hand-painted and hand-made pieces.

About the designs:

Inspired by their research trip, PATTERNITY co-founders Anna and Grace found inspiration in the details and textures of nature of Zambia; the crackle pattern repeated in the skin of elephants, tree bark and hot earth, whilst the geometric shapes appeared on the chalk boards at the Malimba school and in the buckets taken to collect water from the local bore hole.

A modern approach to traditional techniques:

The starch batik process originated in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and at TRIBAL TEXTILES we have been using it since we began over 25 years ago. Learning the heritage and the technique from our team of artisans, PATTERNITY’s inspirations and experiments form the foundations of the collaboration.

Bringing together bold geometry with serendipitous crackle patterns, the range features homewares and lifestyle pieces in monochrome, dusk pink, blue dawn and elephant grey. 


Patterns with purpose:

TRIBAL TEXTILES provides living wage jobs for over 100 Zambians, empowering artisans and supporting conservation, education and the local community. A percentage of Crackle Connections purchases will go to supporting the educational programme at Malimba School, and other local conservation initiatives.

All products are hand made in Zambia from 100% cotton sourced from southern Africa. The collaboration utilises traditional flour and water starch techniques, non-toxic paints and the heat of the African sun.

Please allow a two week lead time when ordering your Patternity x Tribal Textiles product - this is a Limited Edition Collection and each piece is made to order. Thank you for your patience!