The concept of “social responsibility” has become increasingly important to today's consumers as they shop. After all, we all like to hear that a company we support makes charitable contributions, is environmentally responsible, or is active in the community. For that reason, it’s no surprise to hear of designers and fabric lines who are conducting business in a socially responsible manner, and one great example of this is the new Tanzania Collection of fabrics from Kravet, one of the manufacturers whose lines we carry here at Panoply Interior Design.
For its first-ever fabric collection, South Carolina-based J Banks Design Group collaborated on a fabric collection with Kravet to create a line of performance fabrics that offer a residential style and feel. Tanzania presents modern interpretations of traditional African tribal designs through graphically stunning patterns and textures inspired by founder and president Joni Vanderslice's many trips to Africa. Since its inception in 1986, J Banks has grown into an internationally recognized design firm. One particularly impactful trip to Africa for Vanderslice led to the creation of the Valentine Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the orphans of Tanzania. On July 5, 2015, the Valentine Project opened the doors to its first orphanage in Dar es Salaam.
The fabrics in this new collection include Banati, inspired by woven fabrics in Tanzania; Nyota, inspired by fabrics worn by locals, used for pillows, and found on buildings; Mistari, inspired by native woven baskets; and Maisha, inspired by the Kente Cloths of Ghana. If you would like to learn more about the Tanzania Collection of fabrics from Kravet, give us a call at Panoply Interior Design and we’ll be happy to assist you.