Comfort Smithson & The Love of African Batik


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This week Marcus Perleberg and Natasha Wedl cross the pond and chat with Comfort Smithson, architect and interior designer out of the UK! This was quite the interview, hearing how she began her career as an architect, and how that didn’t exactly fill her soul, she has now transitioned to an interior designer, who focuses on African Batik fabrics from her native land.

On one of my most memorable trips back to Tanzania (a place where I have had the biggest highlights and most special moments in my life). I met these two beautiful Tanzanian ladies with the most beautiful fabrics I had seen. Now, these fabrics were nothing new but they were what I would say forgotten treasures.

I believe this type of fabric/textile is even more of the true definition of African textile and has the potential to break through the design world the same way that Ankara, kitenge, and Khanga have broken through. This fabric is actually produced and handmade by a handful of ladies who have mastered the technique and now create beautiful and colourful fabrics that can be used in many ways. This fabric is the African Batik. Through Letasi Design studio, my team and I hope to be able to “wake the sleeping giant” of East African batik textile.

As an obsessed creative, I love to share my passion and pride for Africa as much as I can. Sharing my experiences and ideas with you, and hoping you are inspired. So choosing to work with East African batik Fabrics was a no-brainer.

I believe this fabric/textile is even more of the true representation of African culture and lifestyle and has the potential to break through the design world too. To make this even more authentic is the fact that all, the fabrics are made locally both in Tanzania and Uganda. Only goes to show how much creativity is in Africa.

So with my love for East African batik fabric, I hope that through these items you can find a way to have a little piece of Africa to share at home, at work, or with friends.

Colour your world and add some warmth and vibrance to your spaces. Enjoy the work.

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