May 23, 2018

Basotho blankets

Safari Fusion blog >< Basotho blankets | The cultural identity of the landlocked African mountain kingdom of Lesotho

With winter just a week away officially (unofficially, the woollens are already making an appearance!) the thought of rugging up reminded me of these beautiful African blankets.

Basotho blankets are synonomous with the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Quirky in design and colourful to boot, these unique blankets have a rich history dating back to 1860 when the founder of the kingdom, King Moshoeshoe I was presented a woollen blanket as a gift. So taken with the blanket, the King abandoned wearing his traditional leopard skin kaross in favour of the blanket. The Basotho people soon followed suit, and to this day the blanket is an integral part of daily Lesotho mountain life.

Basotho blanket designs are symbolic, motifs include heart, aloe, corncob [fertility and wealth], crest, crown, shield and hat. Whilst an overlaying pin-stripe, originally a weaving fault, directs how the blanket is worn, vertically symbolising growth.

It is also an essential feature of all important life events, from childbirth and marriage to initiation and the coronation of Kings.

Safari Fusion blog >< Basotho blankets | The cultural identity of the landlocked African mountain kingdom of Lesotho

Safari Fusion blog >< Basotho blankets | The cultural identity of the landlocked African mountain kingdom of Lesotho

Safari Fusion blog >< Basotho blankets | The cultural identity of the landlocked African mountain kingdom of Lesotho

Safari Fusion blog >< Basotho blankets | The cultural identity of the landlocked African mountain kingdom of Lesotho
{Images: 1 Instagram @darolhowes, 2,5 Aranda, 3-4 The Other}

May 7, 2018

Mother's Day gift edit

Safari Fusion blog >< Mother's Day gift edit | Gift ideas for those who seek original handcrafted pieces that tell a story

If you have left you Mother's Day gift purchase to the last minute, then fear not! We are gift wrapping and dispatching all orders received before 12pm the same day, so your beautiful gift will make it to you or your Mum in time Sunday. Click to shop.

April 4, 2018

And the winner is...

>< Safari Fusion blog >< And the winner is... | Safari Fusion's The Melbourne Collective small silver grey Crochet Basket Giveaway

To those who visited us at The Melbourne Collective Easter Design Market last Saturday, we say thank you.

There was loads of analysis of how many chocolate Easter Eggs our small silver grey Crochet Basket was holding, we are pleased to say there are a mix of small, medium and large eggs totaling 268.

Derlee Lou, Melbourne VIC guessed the closest at 270 and is our lucky winner of this giveaway. Congratulations Derlee!

{Image featuring Safari Fusion pieces for The Melbourne Collective. Styling Julia Green [Greenhouse Interiors], photography by Armelle Habib}

March 28, 2018

Visit us at The Melbourne Collective Design Market this Saturday!

Safari Fusion blog >< Visit us at The Melbourne Collective Design Market this Saturday! | 31st March at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building

Visit us at The Melbourne Collective Easter Design Market, this Saturday at Melbourne's iconic Royal Exhibition Building.

We will have a colourful selection of our African designed and handmade contemporary art, crafts and homewares available to purchase, plus we are giving away a small silver grey Crochet Basket filled with chocolate Easter Eggs to one lucky person who visits our stand.

If you are planning to come along and would like to see a specific piece, get in touch and we will make sure we have it with us to show you. This 1-day event is set to be a fun-filled shopping extravaganza!

Safari Fusion blog >< Visit us at The Melbourne Collective Design Market this Saturday! | 31st March at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building

Safari Fusion blog >< Visit us at The Melbourne Collective Design Market this Saturday! | 31st March at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building
{Images © The Melbourne Collective styled by Julia Green [Greenhouse Interiors], photography by Armelle Habib}

March 14, 2018

Come visit us over Easter

Safari Fusion blog >< Come and visit us over Easter | The Melbourne Collective at the Royal Exhibition Building 31 March 2018

We are on the countdown to Easter and The Melbourne Collective Design Haus Fair at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday, 31 March 2018.

You will find us here along with loads of other amazing brands. So if you are decorating your home and looking for that special piece, mark it in your diary to come and see us.

Open from 10am to 6pm, admission $2.00.

Safari Fusion blog >< Come and visit us over Easter | The Melbourne Collective at the Royal Exhibition Building 31 March 2018

Safari Fusion blog >< Come and visit us over Easter | The Melbourne Collective at the Royal Exhibition Building 31 March 2018
{Images: Julia Green and Armelle Habib for The Melbourne Collective}