Highly trained artisans work at a modern facility designed in the regional style near the site of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. The apprenticeship tradition established in antiquity lives on at Middle Kingdom, in much the same way it has for hundreds of years.
Middle Kingdom's seamless intertwining of design and craftsmanship creates restrained, beautiful works that gain a page in the long story of their chosen medium – earth. New works of imperial caliber are now available for everyone.
A quiet little town on the banks of the Niger River, Segou is known as the capital of mud cloth. Textile designer Boubacar Doumbia built his workshop there 16 years ago, named it Ndomo - which means "the quest for knowledge" in local Bambara language, and welcomed young people who had no opportunity to receive formal education into his collective.
The base material of the Cloud mats and rugs are the edges of cotton fabric, cut from industrial looms. They’re “waste” – a by-product of their weaving patterns – but for the weavers at Barrydale, this raw material is an invaluable ingredient for upcycling.
100% natural and extremely durable, our newly arrived mesh bags and totes are handmade by Khmu artisans in Laos using fiber from a fast-growing vine, Pueraria phaseoloides. It is a perennial vine that self-sows, grows, and re-grows without any cultivation or human intervention, yet improves the soil it grows in.