Fabrics

Boon & Up’s fabrics are created in the small town of Lawra in the rural far north of Ghana. Our hand-grown and carbon-neutral African cotton is woven on handlooms by women of the Dagaare tribe, and our patterns are all based on a traditional template that mimics the feathers of the Guinea fowl. To complete the story, we have dyed all our cotton a range of colours that reference the hues that the local Dagaare people paint their huts and houses.

All Boon & Up fabric is handwoven to a width of 110cm, and is 100% combed cotton, hand-grown by smallholder African farmers under the ‘Cotton made in Africa’ initiative launched and managed by the Aid by Trade Foundation, headquartered in Hamburg. Boon & Up fabric passes 50,000 rubs on the Martindale test, and has also passed the flammability ‘cigarette test’ (BS5852:Part 1:1979:Source 0).

All our fabrics tell a story.

Our traditional patterns refer to local customs or an aspect of the savannah landscape of north west Ghana

Anamaala

When a child is born in the Dagaare region the community will be called upon to provide a name. Deliberation will take a while as the baby’s character develops and weeks will pass before a suitable name is chosen. Annamala means ‘it shall be well’, and it’s the name of our Production Assistant’s new baby girl. This traditional pattern, originally based on the plumage of the guineafowl, is named in her honour.

See me see you

A villager, returning home after a trip away, will visit the more important members of the community with small gifts. Any traveller who forgets to greet fellow villagers will have issued a grave insult. The pink of this traditional pattern refers to the warmth and smiles of a greeting, the dark lines a reminder of the snubs and shuns a careless villager might incur.

Rivercorn

Every Easter the people of our hometown of Lawra empty out onto the corn fields on the banks of the nearby River Volta for a three-day festival. It’s dry season so the blue brown river will have dried out to a trickle and fingers of yellow sandy riverbed serve as dancefloors for the partygoers.

Blue Savannah

Every April in northern Ghana rains begin to sweep across the scorched savannah, and the horizon is transformed as precious crops begin to re-emerge from the soil. The pattern of Blue Savannah depicts the sky as it is reflected in the streams, brooks and irrigation channels that pop up across the farmland.

Ember plains

After harvesting is done the farmers of the Dagaare region will burnt back the crops as they prepare their fields for the next farming season. As evening falls, ribbons of low flames scatter across the savannah creating a pattern of reds against the darks of the scorched earth.

Kudoog

This pattern depicts brown earthenware cauldrons (kudoog) as they sit atop glowing charcoal embers, while women create the daily meal from fermented maize and cassava. Groundnut stew, or perhaps wilted leaves, will often accompany the dish that will be eaten at the end of the day.

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