by Kelly Smith
The textile designs for the South African collection were created by a tiny cooperative owned by two women from Cape Town. The collection includes a black and gold scale pattern, a bright blue arrow print, and a pastel triangle design. The fabrics were then made into pillows and accessories by local seamstresses and quilters.
According to owner Harper Poe, Proud Mary chose to work with the South African artisans because they felt their artistic aesthetic matched well with the company’s vision. Proud Mary has previously worked with artisans from Guatemala. “Our goal is to continue to work with and build on both the Guatemala and South Africa lines, adding new fabrics and products to both,” Poe says. Future plans also include working with other developing companies with strong roots in the textile tradition.
The patterns are available in fabric by the yard, pillows, and limited edition personal and home accessories. Prices for pillows and accessories range from $60-$110. Products are available for purchase at proudmary.org.