This African-inspired print comes from Oakland designer Temidayo Adedokun's new Ade + Ayo line.
Our Tukula print is a playful interpretation of kuba cloth - a textile traditionally handwoven by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuba cloth is woven using the strands from raffia palm leaves that are then dyed using natural dyes. This fabric originated in the 17th century and is characterized by bold patterns that suggest movement.
Of the 17 ways that a design can be repetitively varied on a surface, the Kuba people have exploited twelve in their cloths! Amazing. Historically, the Kuba people have used these cloths as wrappers, skirts, sleeping mats and even currency.
We've named this print "Tukula,” the Bakuba word for the red pigment obtained from the heartwood of indigenous trees and traditionally applied to art and cloth created by the Kuba people.
Ade + Ayo short sleeve bodysuits are sure to be a staple in your baby’s closet. Made from organic cotton, these bodysuits are comfortable, soft and safe for your baby’s skin. Pair them with matching pants, shorts in a coordinating color, or let baby wear them solo on particularly hot days. Snap closure makes for easy diaper changes.
- Super soft and lightweight 100% organic cotton
- Snaps on bottom so changing is a breeze
- Printed label on inside back to keep baby comfortable
- Machine washable for easy care
“Ade + Ayo” combines the Yoruba (Nigerian language) words for “crown” and “joy,” reflecting the pride and happiness children bring to their parents’ lives.