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Eva Sonaike's new asa collection

Eva Sonaike's new asa collection

The wait is over! We are super proud to announce the launch of our new àṣà collection, a new and colourful product range made of sumptuous British cotton velvet with an elegant African batik pattern.

The àṣà collection is inspired by Yoruba adire cloth, a traditional hand-dyed indigo blue cotton cloth from the Yoruba region in south-western Nigeria, where Eva originates from.

Adire cloth is traditionally always dyed and designed by women using a batik resits dye technique and has been used as attire for celebrations and ceremonies across West Africa for centuries.

Eva Sonaike took elements of this ancient African textile tradition to translate this into a contemporary style on a soft cotton velvet which gives the fabric a new depth and lush texture.

“I love patterns, but after the experience of the pandemic, which changes all our lives, I felt it was time to launch a more neutral collection, where the colours and simplicity speak for themselves”, Eva explains.

The collection includes Eva Sonaike’s signature cushions, which are available in two sizes 50x50cm and 60x60cm. The comfortable and stylish pouffes and a new large ottoman, which is the key piece of the asa collection - a true showstopper. The lampshades, available as shades only or with handmade bases and of course the cotton velvet fabrics, suitable for domestic & commercial upholstery and drapery projects, as well as the new wallpaper range. All products are handmade in Britain by skilled craftspeople that Eva Sonaike has been working with for many years and can rely on for their high quality and transparency in production.

Staying true to her motto ‘Bringing Colour to Life’ Eva Sonaike chooses colours such as rich indigo blue, dusky pink, soft lilac, warm yellow, fresh green and pale grey that make a statement on their own but also complement the vibrant patterns of her previous collections.

Encouraged by the desire of producing in her native Nigeria, the àṣà collection also includes a small range of handmade ceramic lamp-bases and vases designed by Eva that are handmade in a pottery in central Nigeria, which is renowned for its detailed craftsmanship and traditional West-African clay making methods.

The àṣà collection is versatile and suitable for a variety of design schemes, a simple yet classic collection that embodies African heritage and elegance, that perfectly complements contemporary living.

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