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Looking for a more worldly way to deck your holiday dining table (read: not red and green)? A new textile company called Petel has you--and your table--covered.
Petel is the colorful result of a Hayes Valley couple?s close relationship with the weavers of Mauritania in West Africa. Julie and Ibrahima Wagne met there more than 12 years ago and developed deep ties to the region and its artisans. Now living in San Francisco, they resolved to support the weavers by introducing their handiwork to a larger audience.
The Wagnes import the Fulani tribe?s ceremonial fabric to craft vibrant table runners ($80), pillows ($150), tote bags ($95), coin pouches ($40) and wedding blankets ($500 to $1,000), melding the traditionally bold West African patterns with a contemporary California aesthetic. They recently launched an e-commerce site, and their products are also available at Kappa Zakka and Lavish. Profits help fund a training program for young Fulani artists, preserving the weaving methods for future generations.
The couple?s neighbors Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, who happen to run State Bird Provisions, were among Petel?s first customers--and some of the textiles grace the restaurant?s tables. Not a bad lead to follow.
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