ISSUE 5  |  Out of South Africa

Fabrics & Linens: Coral Stephens Handweaving in Swaziland

January 31, 2011 7:50 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Founded by "serene English rose" Coral Stephens in 1949, Coral Stephens Handweaving is located in Piggs Peak, Northern Swaziland. Stephens focuses mainly on mohair curtaining (she supplies many of the region's top bush lodges and is a favorite with interior designers), but also produces rugs, throws, and blankets from spun mohair, silk, cotton, and raffia. Most of her production is to order; however, her cotton and wool blankets can be purchased online from Coral Stephens.

Above: A fringed bed throw.

Above: Mixed fiber Rasta cushion made from mohair, calico, and cotton in different thicknesses.

Above: A chair covered in a cotton throw

Above: A color wheel showing available shades.