Komana is an organic clothing label characterised by its bespoke screen printing. The striking patterns mostly in black and white are a creation of Livia Henne a Swiss textile designer living in London for over 14 years who has been building the brand KOMANA together with her sister Nina on and off for about eight years. She graduated from Central St. Martins in London majoring in textile design. Ever since she has been inspired by victorian oddities, her mother and various little objects and print masters from the past. Komana is in fact a phantasy name from Livia’s childhood games, which in our opinion is reflected in her prints – a combination of hand painted patterns and phantasy creatures.
We met Livia Henne in her airy studio in an old victorian house with sunbeams catching her hair, stacks of fabrics and inspiration on her wall. Her newest collection was inspired by african face paintings. To get a feeling of the black and white dot scheme watch this image clip directed by Robert Hackett.
What comes naturally when designing, Livia said, are paintings that are a personification of nature. A bird becomes a person, the moon turns into a face which then is the shape of a little white round backpack.
Her favourite pieces in her new collection are the ponchos. They are easy and fast to wear and have a striking black white pattern of birds and other fantasy creatures. We helped her print a set of ponchos at the printshop with big screens 150cm x 60cm large. See the post on the komana printshop production here.
Since 2013 the two sisters are involved in a tree planting project in Dosso, Niger. For each garment produced a seedling has been bought to help fight against desertification. If you buy an organic Komana piece you get an URL directing you to the specific tree you planted with buying the shirt or leggings. You can find more on tree-nation here.