Anansi/Maasai Double SidedRegular price $15.50
Size: 30 Square Feet / 76.2 cm x 3.05 m
Double-sided Wrapping Paper paired with Maasai Design
Inspiration Notes for Anansi:
The Anansi design is a tribute piece to the spider tales and the dynamism of Black oral tradition. Anansi means spider in the Ghanian Akan language. The spider tales were transmitted to the Americas by way of the Transatlantic slave trade.
The Anansi design features a layer of intricate webs fashioned to almost resemble violet-colored lace. Oftentimes, lace adorns West African gowns, suits and dresses. The design also features sanguine clusters or pods to symbolize the communities where our spider tales took a foothold in such places as Suriname, Grenada, Colombia, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and South Carolina to name a few. Anansi the character would later permeate beyond the communities of the enslaved and in the 20th century made its way into Disney's animated film Song of the South, DC Comics Justice League and Marvel Comics The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 (2003), wherein it is revealed that Kwaku Anansi was the first Spider-Man.
In English speaking communities, Anansi the name would evolve to Anancy or Aunt Nancy, which may explain why an older relative refers to a house spider as Nancy. Black folks exercise caution and care when a spider appears in the home because spiders bring "messages" or signs -- everything from lottery numbers, the arrival of new life or a "bright idea". Cheers to the arrival of Anansi a.k.a. Nancy.
Inspiration Notes for Maasai:
The Maasai design is based on the shuka fabric which is worn by the Maasai people of East Africa. The adoption and origin of the shuka into Maasai culture are unclear, but stories include late 19th century Scottish missionaries and linkages to the popular blue, black and red dyes found in "guinea cloth" on the slave trade from Madagascar dating back hundreds of years. In recent years, the shuka has become popularized in high end fashion.
FOLKUS could not resist pairing West and East Africa to make a combination of Anansi and Maasai!
George Monroe Double SidedRegular price $15.50
Dimensions: 30 SQFT.
Format: Double-sided Roll
Elevated "shadows & scribbles" describe the mood and capacity of the Georg design. Much like modern Black art, George pulls you in, sparks curiosity and inquiry and ignites much needed conversations. George draws from the beauty and abstract works of the masters including Frank Wimberley and Jean-Michel Basquiat and the newcomers like Bronx-native Patrick Alston.
Harlem WorldRegular price $15.50
Size: 30 Square Feet / 76.2 cm x 3.05 cm
Details for Harlem World:
Harlem is the M-E-C-C-A! We partnered with Harlem 2020 to craft Harlem World, a special edition wrap featuring the photography of Harlemite Milton Washington. Milton captured the good FOLKS of Harlem in these streets exploring, worshipping, styling, loving, creating and growing. Milton's portraits make a great gift (stay tuned for Milton's drop here on FOLKUS).
FOLKUS could not resist a collaboration with Harlem 2020; we want any excuse to work with Mr. Harlem, Richard E. Pelzer II better known as "Uncle Richard". Like any great Black uncle, our beloved Uncle Richard is cool and connected. Uncle Richard uses his connections to globally serve as Harlem's chief Ambassador. It is hard to find anyone else that could love Harlem more than Uncle Richard. Richard magnifies the dynamism of Harlem through film and stage productions, entrepreneurship programs and placemaking.
Nana/Thank You NYC Double SidedRegular price $15.50
Thank You NYC is part of a series of designs dedicated to our beloved hometown of New York City. The Thank You NYC design was inspired by the classic Thank You Have a Nice Day plastic bag commonly used by restaurants, delis and bodegas. Gradually, Thank You Have a Nice Day has become a design icon alongside
Giving and receiving thank you cards is solidified, but expressing thank you on wrap seems long overdue. FOLKUS could not resist the idea of making a gratitude paper for our FOLK -- you and for the hometown.
Inspiration Notes for Nana:
Nana is a dutch wax cloth inspired design. Nana features the trifecta color combination -- red, white and blue punctured by bold yellow African paisleys to create a regal sophisticated vibe. The Nana design represents the clash and cooling combination of two cultures. Nana attempts to blur the lines between cultural influences in favor of a fresh perspective. Nana can fluidly appear in the Makola market of Accra or in a shelter magazine for preppy decor.
Smooth OperatorRegular price $15.50
Size: 30 Square Feet / 76.2 cm x 3.05 m
Helen Folasade Adu, otherwise known by a single moniker of "Sade" serves as the brand muse and "patron saint" of FOLKUS. Sade epitomizes the magnitude and magnificence of the prism of BLACKNESS. This debut wrapping paper design is based on Sade's April 7, 1986 Time magazine cover.