MASAI CHECKS IN A DANISH LIGHT
As checks are the favourite motifs of Jan Machenhauer, who has been significantly affected by the beauty of the Masai hunters, an inspiration frequently cited by Karen Blixen, the co-founder of Epice has chosen to revisit the traditional red and blue check patterns of the Masai tribe, using Epice colours.
The check pattern is a universal motif, found throughout the world and in every age, dating back to the most ancient times: archaeological excavations have revealed check patterns dating back to 2,000 BC.
For the designers at Epice, who are enthusiastic travellers but remain firmly rooted in Scandinavia, check patterns provide the opportunity to apply a sense of Danish discipline to their creative pursuits, in combination with global colours.
“Checks provide the opportunity to work in the space between structures and colours. The grid pattern forms the basis for a kind of sculpting process, allowing the creation of distortion”.“ The challenge and pleasure of construction is in perfect harmony with the Scandinavian mindset.
The geometric lines of check patterns are perfectly adapted to the language of weaving, and the associated intersection of gridlines. However, this apparent simplicity, which is in keeping with the traditions of Danish design, can achieve genuine creative complexity.
While check patterns also feature on certain fabrics from Danish folklore, it is the Masai tribes from the world of Karen Blixen who have inspired the designers at Epice to create this season’s check-patterned shawls.