Our second collaboration with Malaika draws inspiration from aerial shots of foods drying across different countries: apricots in Pakistan, dates in Egypt, pepper in China, grapes in Iran, tomatoes in Turkey. The images, translated into an abstract graphic motif, provide enticing narratives of the cross-pollination of fruits growing and drying across countries.
This collection celebrates the traditional technique of silkscreen printing. The design is first separated into the different colours that compose it, the vibrant pigments are mixed, a wooden frame is crafted and finally the design is hand printed, one colour at a time, using a silk screen onto the linen.
Malaika was founded in 2004 by Margarita Andrade and Goya Gallagher, who decided to utilise Egyptian cotton to produce high quality bed linen previously not available in the local market. As well as providing employment, Malaika’s embroidery school, Threads of Hope, trains dozens of vulnerable women, providing them with the skills required to be self-employed and work from home on commissions for Malaika.