Bonana van Mil

Paris, France Paris, France

The Story

Halfway between accessories and ready-to-wear, my collection mostly focuses on hand work as a textile designer. I like contrasting inspirations mixing my country of origin, Botswana, Africa, its shimmering colors and chaotic structures, with the European rigidity and minimalism I grew up in.
The dyeing traditions of ancient Africa, fabrics, storytelling and ceremonies along with souvenirs and vivid mental images retained on travels are sources of inspiration.

Each piece in the collection is produced by hand; the designs are hand painted onto luxurious 100% silk or wool/silk blends, in a technique that looks like a modern edgy version of tie and dye. The addition of sumptuous complementary fringing and translucent beading add an extra shot of glamour.

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On the blog

  • Painted By Hand

    The Boticca team has the delightful task of sorting through countless images from our designers to see what inspires them and how they create their beautiful...
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  • Piece I Love – Oct. 12th

    Handpicked by Eva I love the inspiration behind this scarf: vibrant colors and chaotic structures of Africa and Europe with its rigid organization...
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  • Holiday Style Guide

    Festive dwellers generally fall into two camps: those who stay at home enduring the long, family fiesta and those with a bit more adventure in their blood...
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  • Piece I Love - November 25th

    Handpicked by Philippa I have a real soft spot for hand woven/knitted and painted textiles. I absolutely love the geometry in this scarf along with...
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