Zainab Sumu

Primitive Modern

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The Late Malick Sidibé Had a Recent Streetwear Collaboration

Published April 19th in OkayAfrica.com
Just last month, Zainab Sumu of Primitive Modern launched a collection of t-shirts featuring four classic photographs by Malick Sidibé. The images are superimposed on bright, bold textile designs inspired by indigenous printing techniques from local artisans in Mali.

Guest Curator Zainab Sumu

Published April 11, 2016 in Canvas
 
We’re thrilled to have designer Zainab Sumu, founder of Primitive Modernand recent collaborator of photographer Malick Sidibé, handpick an exclusive collection of art as part of our ongoing Guest Curator series. Discover her selections on Saatchi Art and learn more about the role art plays in her life.

A TRIP THROUGH BAMAKO, THE CAPITAL OF MALI, ON THE WAY TO MALICK SIDIBÉ'S STUDIO BY ZAINAB SUMU

Published March 16, 2016 in Autre

This week marks the release of designer Zainab Sumu's t-shirt collaboration with famed and legendary Malian photographer Malick Sidibé'.  Sumu, a Boston-based designer who started her label Primitive Modern in the fall of 2015, is heavily inspired by the sights, sounds, colors and patterns of Mali. 



Vintage Street Style From Mali, Now on T-shirts

Published March 14, 2016 in the New York Times Style Magazine

Long before street style photography became a bona fide pop-culture phenomenon, there was Malick Sidibe. As a portrait artist, he captured the hope of postcolonial Mali in the ’60s and ’70s, documenting that country’s vibrant youth culture — batik print Mod minidresses, bell bottoms and all.

Now, at 80, Sidibe has lent some of his most iconic images to a new, limited-edition T-shirt collection with Zainab Sumu, the designer behind the Boston-based brand Primitive Modern.

Gli scatti di Malick Sidibé sulle t-shirt di Zainab Sumu

Published March 14, 2016 in Vogue Italia

Il confine che divide arte e moda è sottilissimo e a ricordarlo ci pensa ancora una volta il fotografo Malick Sidibé, che ha collaborato con il brand Zainab Sumu of Primitive Modern per una capsule collection di t-shirt.

SCENES FROM MALI BY ZAINAB SUMU

Published December 2, 2015 in anyonegirl

Just happily lost an hour or so wandering through these holiday snaps taken by Zainab Sumu, which capture the essence of her debut collection of silk and cashmere scarves inspired by indigenous textile designs and artisanal dyeing techniques in select regions of Northern and Western Africa....

Zainab Sumu’s Primitive Modern to Open Production Plant

Published November 30, 2015 in WWD

ARTISANAL CHIC: Designer Zainab Sumu continues to make strides with the business she launched last fall, with plans to open a Mali production plant in the spring...