The initial inspiration for this pair of designs came
from a contemporary artist named Baba Wagué Diakité .
An African American artist, Baba grew up in Mali before moving to the
USA in 1984. The wide-ranging work of this male artist includes work
with many different media, some of which are considered the exclusive
domain of the female artists in Mali. For example, the use of Bogolan
(mud) pigments  in textiles or paintings and ceramic art would both
be considered to be female activities.