Blackstrap Cloth & Company was formed in early 2017 by independent craftswoman, Diane Janzen. A passion for home décor and functional lifestyle accessories sprouted a small business, offering a unique combination of handmade African Mud Cloth pillows and authentically designed aprons for both adults and children, bags and minimalist leather products.
Diane has deep roots in Saskatchewan, but after relocating to British Columbia in 1998, her inspiration is evenly split between Prairie and Coast. As an ode to her origin, her company's name shares that of a lake and provincial park near her childhood home. The simple and hardy farm life of her early years influenced Diane's do-it-yourself mentality that Blackstrap is based upon.
Crafting uncomplicated products that endure the daily grind of any lifestyle is a core value of her endeavor. Whether it's pairing basic materials to make a sturdy apron or bringing a unique primitive aesthetic into a practical home setting, Blackstrap strives to provide functional solutions for the everyday user.
All Blackstrap products are designed and handmade by Diane in her humble home studio in Ladner, B.C.