April 15, 2015


This Side of Creation is the companion blog for ODE. It covers a variety of topics including the history, the diversity, the culture, the music, the food, the art and the craft of Africa and Diaspora.



Meet the Makers | Osei-Duro


Osei-Duro is a  textile collaboration based in Accra, Ghana and Los Angeles, California. Created in 2009 by designers Maryanne Mathias and Molly Keogh, the company aims to help preserve traditional textile techniques by supporting local artisans and promoting the use of traditional crafts with the fashion industry. 

Osei-Duro collections are ethically and sustainably produced on a small scale. They work with a range of artisans including textile dyers and printers, making exclusive patterns and designs using tie and dye, sew and dye, batik, block printing and techniques. They also collaborate with traditional weavers, crocheters, seamstresses, tailors and other local garment workers. Blending the traditional techniques with modern silhouettes results in a line of covetable, unique clothing and accessories.


Osei-Duro has quickly won its way into the hearts of African fashion lovers worldwide. Their contemporary clothing can be seen on the ladies of the hit web series, An African City, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama.

Molly and Maryanne have several new projects in the works. They just launched a housewares collection featuring handwoven and printed pillows, brass decor accessories and wood carvings. They frequently collaborate with brands such as Urban Outfitters and Of A Kind on limited edition collections. Their passion and love of traditional textiles are taking them to new and exciting destinations for future collaborations. We can't wait to see what they have coming up next! 


Shop Select Items from Osei-Duro's SS15 Collection


*Photos 1, 2 & 3 - Osei-Duro, 4 - Style Vitae and 5 - One Billion Rising.


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