Designer: Bryar Wolf
The name Akanni in Africa means a profitable encounter that brings wealth. When you're ready to add a priceless look to your living room or bedroom with handmade luxury custom designer pillows created to add rich texture, cozy warmth, and relaxed elegance, look no further than Bryar Wolf’s original African Mud Cloth Designer Handmade Collection. Our African Mud cloth line comes from Mali, Africa. The authentic texture and simple geometric patterns make for a great accent piece for your bed or couch. Each piece is hand-sewn and hand-dyed. The back of the pillow is made of linen.
• Handmade in Oregon, USA
• Choose the cover only or include a luxury down pillow insert
• Hand wash in cold water or dry clean
• Due to the nature of the material, patterns may vary
All Bryar Wolf textiles are hand-sewn in Bend, Oregon using textiles from around the world. Certain collections and patterns are uniquely dyed and each pillow and pattern is unique to the printing.
Washing Instructions for all handmade pillows, blankets, and throws
Due to the handmade nature of our products, please hand wash or dry clean only.
For silk products, please dry clean only.
Company and Products
By focusing on organic textures and functional yet sublime designs, Bryar Wolf products infuse living spaces with a pure and timeless touch. Bryar Wolf creates unique, authentic, and distinctive handmade throw pillows, pillow covers, accent pillows, throws, blankets, area rugs, and other handcrafted decorative home goods. We cater to design professionals, boutique home goods shops, and of course direct to consumers. Our current favorite fabrics include African Mud Cloth, Chinese Batik, Chinese Wedding Blankets, Japanese Boro, Moroccan Silk, Thai Hmong, and Ivory Coast Baule Ikat.
Values, Mission, and Community
Bryar Wolf was founded in 2015 by the visionary designer and seamstress, Katie Lipson. We remain a woman-owned, managed and operated, textile design brand proudly providing living wages to every member of our Bend, Oregon team. Our creations are inspired by the beauty of nature and ethically sourced from fair trade makers and suppliers around the globe. We understand the importance of sustainability and we are elated to provide carbon-neutral shipping for every item that leaves our building. Locally, we give back to our high desert community by promoting a culture of volunteerism and supporting local nonprofits. Every item we produce is a unique, one-of-a-kind authentic work of art curated with love in the heart of Central Oregon.
We accept returns and exchanges if contacted within 14 days of receiving your items. If order exceeds allotted time, only shop credit will be given. All items must be returned to us in their original and unused condition with original packaging.
Once items are received and inspected, we will issue a refund. Your refund will be issued to the original payment method. In the case of a refund, neither the original shipping cost nor the return shipping cost will be reimbursed.
If a product you receive is defective, please contact us within 48 hours. Defective products include holes, large misprints, and broken zippers.
TO INITIATE A RETURN/EXCHANGE: Please click here https://bryarwolf.returnly.com
PLEASE NOTE: Many of our products are hand woven and hand printed. There will be small blemishes and imperfections, which we consider part of the charm. These are not considered defective.
Rugs, sale items and international orders are FINAL SALE.
Available in Cover-Only or Cover-with-Insert Custom premium down inserts made of 100% premium cotton are naturally luxurious and breathable 233-thread count fabric ensures comfort and pure qualitySoft pillow inserts are made of 10% down / 90% gray duck feathers, alternative insert options are available upon request Down inserts are generally two inches larger than the pillow covers for a richer, fuller look Pillow back made of natural and non-toxic linen Dry cleaning recommended to prevent color fading U.S. residents enjoy free shippingNote: Each pillow is one-of-a-kind with its own unique custom stitching and design.
Made from Nature: The Story of African Mud Cloth
At Bryar Wolf, we believe the magnificence of nature shouldn’t remain outdoors. Nature should inspire you to invite that beauty, color, and imagination inside to accentuate your communal spaces, couches, sofas, and beds. That’s why all the fabrics we select for our pillows are woven from the finest natural fibers and exquisite threads from around the world.
Our African Mud Cloth Designer Handmade Collection is no exception. This rich cotton fabric comes from Mali where artisans and makers come together to create “Bògòlanfini,” or African mud cloth. The fabric, like its name, is derived from mud or earth, “bogo” and cloth “fini.”
According to Malian tradition, mud cloth is a symbol of status, bravery, and good fortune. Hunters wear the cloth for protection from danger–and women, as a rite of passage, when girls enter womanhood. Believed to ward off pain and negative forces, new mothers wrap mud cloth around their infants.
From Farm to Furniture
The premium cotton for our pillows and covers are grown on Mali’s small, local fair-trade farms. After harvest, the cotton is gathered and collected in buckets, the seeds are removed, and the cotton fibers are twisted and spun by hand. A few feet away, artisan weavers entwine the threads using a foot-powered loom, then cut and sew the strips of cotton together to prepare for the dyeing process.
Artisans hand-dye and decorate the cloth with a mixture of fermented river mud and tree leaves. Next, symbols and patterns are painted on the cloth that embody cultural significance. When decorating is complete, the fabric hangs on trees to dry in the sunshine and soon it’s ready for export.
When the African mud cloth reaches our high desert showroom in Bend, Oregon our designers hand-select the finest pieces and our seamstresses begin the effort to handcraft luxury designer throw pillows for our customers to cherish and experience on their favorite furniture.
When you purchase a Bryar Wolf handcrafted pillow from the African Mud Cloth Designer Handmade Collection, you not only own a colorful and well-appointed pillow made directly from nature, but you also own a beautiful artifact and piece of craftsmanship with a globally inspired story to tell and treasure for years to come