Slow fashion from Africa

My wife and I live in West Africa, where all my books are set. I am involved in Fulani radio programming (and of course writing), and my wife Charlie runs an innovative craft label called SAHEL Design. She is passionate about fashion, poverty relief, and the preservation of ancient skills and family businesses.

Check out this video we made yesterday, which evokes the ancient heritage of every SAHEL Design bag. The voice over is by our friend Hassan Sanga, who is a griot. That means he is able to recite the ancestors of his town’s chief, going back hundreds of years.

You can buy SAHEL bags from Jam Shop.

The best weaver in Soum province, Burkina Faso

My wife Charlie has been working with Ussman for a couple years now. He’s the best weaver in the province of Soum, producing fine cushion covers and blankets on a loom made of twigs and twine. Now, thanks to his involvement with Charlie and SAHEL Design, Ussman is building a teaching centre to pass on the skill of traditional weaving to future generations.

Tangerine bags and free premium wordpress themes

Tangerine bag spring 2012Spring is here and tangerine is the hottest accessory colour out there. Or so Charlie Davies reckons in her infectiously enthusiastic post about SAHEL design’s new range of tangerine bags. Profits go towards the installation of a much-needed water pump in the leatherworkers’ village.

Mono theme - a free premium wordpress theme by Cudazi - Curt ZieglerAlso worth clicking this morning is an amazing wordpress giveaway from Cudazi. This guy is the best WordPress coder in the world (or so I concluded in my popular post 10 best wordpress themes for authors). So here is the special offer: a fantastic premium wordpress theme, yours for the price of a tweet.