Homegrown textile brand Mungo will be making its mark on Europe this month with its first exhibition at international design fair Maison et Objet in Paris over 22 to 26 January.
The Plettenberg Bay-based mill has long been a favourite of South African textile lovers due to its high quality woven products made from natural fibre.
Using repurposed and antique looms, the brand crafts its linens, throws, bedding and towels slowly and with care, giving each product a personal feel.
Explaining the motivation for appearing at the renowned design show in Paris, Mungo’s Tessa Holding said that the brand has been exporting its product for a few years, giving it a good idea of where it sits in the global market.
‘[W]e are ready and excited to put ourselves out there on an international scale,’ she adds.
In 2015, Mungo made the long trip from Plett to Johannesburg with their 100-year-old Hattersley loom for 100% Design South Africa, a design event aimed at showcasing top design talent in the country. Sadly, the beloved loom dubbed ‘Hattie’ is considered too frail to make the trip over to Europe.
‘For Maison et Objet, we have put together a more ethnic range that has moved Mungo in quite a new direction with bold and vibrant patterns.’
‘We are constantly drawing inspiration from our surroundings and travels in Africa, but we think what has been Mungo’s greatest appeal is the fusion of African design and the global influences that effect all of us.’
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‘People love the fact that it is a high quality, locally produced product that feels as if it was bought on the high streets of Europe. It is unique and this shines through in the finished product.’
For the year ahead, Tessa says there are great plans for expansion in the new mill in Plett as well as some growth opportunities in Cape Town.
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