Our Story

African Jacquard is the home of innovative and inspiring French African textiles. We design, weave and manufacture bespoke 100% French linen in the heart of Cape Town – combining true French quality and authentic South Africa flair to bring something unique to your home.

Customized linens South Africa

Created by French born Christine Daron in 2014, African Jacquard marries her heritage of luxury home linen woven in the style of Jacquard, in the warm colours of Africa.

 

This story started when Christine came to Africa 30 years ago having travelled in Congo, Angola and Burkina Faso and lived in Gabon and now South Africa. The experience of these different cultures are apparent in the patterns created at African Jacquard, where traditional geometric designs from each culture have been woven together to create a product which is truly bespoke. Our ethos is to produce locally woven, top quality linen homeware products. From tea towels to bedspreads, from the bedroom to the kitchen, our collection is diverse and there is something special for every home.

 

The Jacquard technique simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles with patterns such as brocade and damask. This woven fabric is produced on a special loom fitted with a Jacquard patterning mechanism. This traditional French technique of weaving combines a variety of weaving styles in one fabric, creating original motifs that are customisable and unique.

 

African Jacquard has selected predominantly cotton and linen fibers of  a specific weight to create a variety of home-linen that is easy to use. The real beauty of this style is that the intricate woven prints are reversible and displayed on both sides of the fabric. This allows us to offer you authentic, truly unique products which we can tailor to your every need.

 

Customized linens South Africa

Our own ranges have been inspired by colours and experiences throughout Africa. From wildlife ‘spoor’ prints to iconic fever trees and Table Mountain, our style is derived from our surroundings and our journey.  The Bogolan range is a cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud using hand painted designs creating a West African ethnic effect. Our Kuba cloth is material inspired by fabric made from Raffia palm trees in Congo and handwoven with distinctive geometric graphic design. The Kente design is a mix of horizontal and vertical interwoven cloth strips, creating a block style ethnic effect inspired by the West Ghanaian Akans. The Baoule range has bee inspired by some of the most beautiful styles of Baoule fabric from Ivory Coast. And our colours? Just experience an African sunset and you will see our inspiration.

 

Along with our own collection of kitchenware,  tablecloths, bedspreads and more we are able to weave customised designs for our clients. We pride ourselves on being able to create something truly unique and brand specific. To date we have worked with prestigious wine farms, boutique hotels and lodges in Southern Africa. Babylonstoren, Marble, The Silo, Belmont Mount Nelson, Angama Mara, Congo Conservation Company, Spice Route, Sabi Sabi, Zeitz Mocaa, La Motte, Masquerade, Victoria Falls Hotel and more. Explore our luxurious collection and allow us to weave your corporate identity, making the memory of your establishment last forever.

 

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African Jacquard Story

African Jacquard was created by Christine Daron in 2014.
This is her story: “It has been a life long process! When I go back to my childhood, my memories which come to mind: I remember my grandmother sewing old and new fabric together, to give a second life to the old French “Toiles de Jouy” to make bedspreads, which I loved. I spent 11 years in Gabon, spending as much time as I could at the market to source fabric and furniture for my home in Port-Gentil. In 1997, our family moved to South Africa, where my husband and I started a procurement business with our partner Arnaud Dabancourt, Tristan Export (Pty) Ltd.  One day, in 2000, I received a call from our main customer in Angola, asking me to send couches and beds for the expat houses in Lobito. I had never done Interior Design, but I did it, as if it was for myself, with my love and passion I created a lovely homely house for their staff who dedicated their time and efforts to the oil industry. It was a success! That is how for the next 12 years, I headed up the Interior Design department of Tristan Export, responsible for decorating hotels, houses and offices throughout Africa, Angola, Gabon, Congo, Tanzania, DRC, Mozambique to name but a few countries. In 2005, I was in the South West of France with my sister, and she wanted to show me a French textile factory weaving Jacquard tea towels and table cloths, such beautiful products and so full of color, I instantly fell in love! One of the main points which captured my mind was that “Moutet Tissage” customizes tea towels. I kept this point in a corner of my mind, as I had the idea of customizing designs for Angola, Gabon and Congo, countries which I used to travel to a lot. I knew all the sites and places that expats living in these countries loved and that they would like to remember forever, so I created 3 designs per country and had them woven and made in France at Moutet. It was an immediate success, but my dream was to go further and to weave in Africa. This is the true beginning of African Jacquard.”