Fabricnation

{ African Royale }

Take a bit of fellow South Africans Shine Shine, a little Timorous Beasties, and a little bit of Vlisco, and you have something like Fabricnation. That’s not to say they’re derivative, though! Fabricnation partners Jann Cheifitz and Jane Solomon are inspired by the South African landscape and by traditional African motifs and textiles (like commemorative cloths), but their designs are uniquely modern, edgy, and sometimes delightfully weird. The two women have been working together on and off for 20 years, since they attended art school together, and officially launched the Fabricnation brand in 2007.

They have a total of 16 prints, each in a few colorways — I’ve shown one of each here, but I encourage you to visit their website to see them all and read in detail about the ideas behind the prints. All are hand-screenprinted or rotary printed, with the exception of the full color version of Old Postcards, which is digitally printed. They offer their fabrics both directly to the public through their website, and on a wholesale basis. (They also offer finished products to wholesale customers.) The retail stock fabrics are printed on 100% cotton, suitable for light home decor and clothing. Their small-scale production capabilities allow them to print entire small runs of their designs to the specifications of clients.

To see Fabricnation’s fabrics and finished products in person, you can make an appointment to visit their Cape Town studio/showroom. They are distributed (wholesale) in Australia through Emily Ziz Style Studio.

{ Crowd }

{ Veld }

{ Number One }

{ Champion }

{ Four Aces }

{ Bokkie }

{ Money Animals }

{ Seascape }

{ Old Postcards }

{ Positive Power }

{ Liliaceae }

{ Aloes and Lace }

{ Toile du Jozi }

{ Our Birds }

{ Umlungu }

One Comment

  1. Erin says:

    Fantastic fabrics! I stumbled upon some of the Obama fabric in a shop in Cape Town last year and fell in love. I will definitely have to get some of these prints too!