[All images in this post via Karun Collection]
If you quickly glance at pictures of these textiles in thumbnail size, you might assume you're looking at cotton batiks and strip-woven West African cloth (kente).
But in a surprising twist these are actually European velvets, spotted over at the Karun Collection, that were originally produced for the West African market. Karun has several brilliantly colored pile fabrics done to emulate the graphic patterns of kente along with a couple of elephant-and-palm motif cut velvets. For a little velvet 101, specifically the production and marketing of the luxe European fabric that has historically been exported around the globe, visit The Met.