Djenne Collection

Mali’s vernacular architecture has long fascinated me, and I couldn’t wait to experience it first hand. La Grande Mosquée du Djenné did not disappoint. The shapes of this iconic structure really spoke to me. The elegant adobe pillars, palm tree beams, petite windows and ostrich egg-topped minarets left me spellbound, and formed the foundation for this collection’s design.

Every Monday is market day at La Grande Mosquée. Hundreds of vendors, shoppers, sellers, herders and artisans transform the area outside the mosque gates into a colorful, lively market. As I strolled between the narrow stalls, the rich hues and fragrances reminded me that despite its history, La Grande Mosquée remains an integral part of modern Malian life. La Grande Mosquée du Djenné inspired the designs in this collection, but it was the vibrant Monday market that gave the scarves their color.

 
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I was so inspired by vernacular architecture. The Unesco heritage structure complete with elongated pillars, intricately created palm branches that double as beams, petite window roofs and minarets with ostrich eggs was a sight to behold. 

I was so inspired by vernacular architecture. The Unesco heritage structure complete with elongated pillars, intricately created palm branches that double as beams, petite window roofs and minarets with ostrich eggs was a sight to behold. 

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