A vivid print celebrating a dazzling mind
Fabric heritage: A tribute to Kofi Annan
the maakola meaning
The Maakola meaning: small units generating big change
With our strong links to Ghana, we were naturally drawn to a fabric celebrating one of the country’s most important figures.
But the motifs in this fabric have another meaning for us too. The intertwined branches suggest our neural networks — the patterns that connect the 80-100 billion nerve cells (neurons) in the human brain, guiding our behaviours. With each neuron connected to around 1,000 other neurons, it’s a powerful ecosystem that harnesses thousands of tiny units to drive growth.
We were also struck by the similarity between these neural networks and another beautiful ecosystem: the coral reef. Just like neurons in your brain, coral polyps are interconnected to form colonies, and then reefs, that protect coastlines and support an astonishing diversity of marine life. Like the other fabrics in our Gaia collection, these prints remind us of our connection to the world around us and Mother Nature.