To start, we need to have 2 different patterns that will be printed on the fabric:
1 - one showing both French and Beninese references
2- one showing both French and Swedish references
Important things to bear in mind:
- Both fabrics have to be very cute and sweet, since they're targeted to babies!
- They both will be available in different colors.
- The fabrics have to be appealing to anybody, and not only to the people coming from the countries represented on the pattern.
- The patterns are repetitive on the whole fabric.
- The 2 fabrics are not related to each other (there will be more in the future, so each must have its own identity).
Fabric 1 :
We were thinking that the Benin could be symbolized through the famous "King of Abomey" canvas, which represents animals in a stylistic and naive way.
Whereas France can be depicted for example through the rooster (national animal).
You can do a mix of both (the rooster in the Beninese way?) or find other ideas as well, since this is definitely open to creativity.
We were thinking that the Dalahäst (Dalecarlian wooden horse) could represent Sweden. The horse could have other colors than the traditional ones (for example, it could be in the blue/white/red of the French flag), or depicted with traditional French accessories ( wearing a beret hat, holding a baguette bread, wearing a blue and white striped jersey etc...).
Again, those are only suggestions, and you can do your own research to find cute patterns that will depict a mix of both cultures!
Among our references/inspiration is a brand called "MiniYou" (https://www.miniyoucreation.com/). We attach a picture of one of their fabrics we find interesting.