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African fabrics are more popular than ever, in home décor, on fashion runways and in overall pop culture. The time is right to spotlight some of the world’s most popular textile arts with a month-long celebration in September.
AFRICAN FABRIC MONTH™ is an exciting new venture created by Cultured Expressions, Inc. It promotes the artistic and practical uses of such fabrics as batik, kuba, adinkra, bogolan/mudcloth, korhogo, adire, kente, and more, and serves to honor and support the cultures that create them. These fiber arts are unique forms of creative expression, especially when they’re used in DIY sewing, quilting, craft, fashion and home decor projects.
“One of my greatest joys is sharing the awe-inspiring textile artistry of Africa as one of its many positive contributions to the world, in contrast to the negative media depictions of the Continent. My passion is creating events and activities that expose people of all backgrounds to the colors, motifs and meanings of the fabrics, giving them an opportunity to truly “Feel the Fabric…Embrace the Culture,” and AFRICAN FABRIC MONTH is simply another way to reach people,” says author and designer Lisa Shepard Stewartof Cultured Expressions, Inc.
The month-long celebration encourages a variety of suggested activities and projects that are fun, educational, and culturally relevant. Because it’s geared mostly to people who like to sew, quilt and create (the DIY audience), the one-month time frame gives people of all skill levels enough time to engage in the creation of unique projects. “Everyone is welcome to participate, and to share their own ideas for AFRICAN FABRIC MONTH.”
There are no rules! I imagined the month to be a celebration of not only the fabrics , but also the African Fabric Lifestyle. It’s open to your own creative interpretation, much like the fabrics themselves.
OK… there is ONE rule: share your ideas and activities, so we can grow the event yearly!
Here are just a few ideas to get you started…
- New to African fabrics? Start with a very basic tote bag style, and let an eye-catching fabric do all the work!
- Working purely with a color, incorporate some African prints that go with other existing fabrics in your stash to create a small patchwork wall accent or pillow front.
- Post some of your own African Fabric Lifestyle pics, maybe it’s a kuba pillow on your couch, or you with a regal headwrap, or that batik tote you just completed.
- Don’t wait to wear a special African garment to enjoy it – display it on a bamboo rod as wall art (like a kimono), or even on a mannequin as a dramatic 3-D room accent.
- Check out an African Fabric Lifestyle-related exhibit or destination. Extra Credit: Take a friend who is not familiar with them – by next year, we’ll have a new convert ; )
- Make a small gift in African fabrics for someone who knows nothing about them, and include a small note about what makes the fabric special to you.
- Check out Fabrigasm Issue #5 for more…
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Please contact Lisa at 866-MUDCLOTH (866.683.2568) or email lisa@CulturedExpressions.com
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