GLOBAL PATTERNS

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GLOBAL PATTERNS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

We've been busy exploring patterns from around the world and in our own backyard.  

We knew that we would find wonderful traditions of design and making ... what we didn't expect were the deep ties to ancient cultures, techniques, and communities we discovered along the way. Our representations are inspired by patterns from many cultures and celebrate the traditions and artisans who create them. 

Come travel with us and learn about 27 cultural traditions spanning 6 continents.

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Can you match the pattern to the country or culture? Rollover the squares to see the pattern.

COUNTRY/NATION

Arctic Sápmi 

India

Japan

Kyrgyzstan

Mexico

Navajo Nation

South African

Ukraine

West African Countries

ANSWER KEY: Arctic Sápmi = Kråkesølvbroderi • India = Mehndi • Japan = Sei Gai Ha Mon • Kyrgyzstan​ = Shyrdak • Mexico = Otomi • Navajo Nation = Chief Blanket • 

South African = Ndebele • Ukraine = Pysanky • West African Countries = Wax Cloth

OUR PARTNER

Michelle Carlos : artist • colorist • new media conservationist

"As a child I loved doodling on walls until I discovered papers and crayons."

One of our passions here at Purple Suitcase is to partner with uniquely talented creatives around the globe. By chance, we

had the incredible fortune to connect with Michelle Carlos. Her depiction of rich textures is what drew us to her work. Born in the Philippines, having lived in Singapore and Germany, and now residing in South Africa, we are sure her work has been deeply informed by a wide world view. Her talent is matched by her insistence on cultural understanding, respect, and integrity of the patterns she represented for our Global Patterns series. We are thrilled to have partnered. She has brought our vision to life! . . . and now we are delighted to introduce her work to you.

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