Rahway, NJ — African fabrics are more popular than ever, and the time is right to spotlight some of the continent’s most popular textile arts with a month-long celebration in September! From fashion runways all around the world to exclusive boutiques to discount home décor retailers, the appeal of African culture in cloth continues to grow. And unique forms of creative expression take on even greater meaning when they’re transformed into DIY (do-it-yourself) sewing, quilting, craft, fashion and home decor projects.
African Fabric Month™ (www.AfricanFabricMonth.com) was launched in 2016 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 promote the cultures that create them. Fabrics like these lend themselves to one-of-a-kind garments, handbags and accessories, quilts and home accents, connecting DIY makers to the creators of the cloths through their culturally relevant colors, patterns and symbols.
And now, in 2020, even as we battle the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and face masks become a regular part of our lives, ankara prints again emerge as the standard of style. We're spending more time at home, quilting and creating new looks for our homes. Never has there been a better time to enjoy the beauty of African textiles.
“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 beauty of the fabrics, giving them an opportunity to truly “Feel the Fabric… Embrace the Culture,” and African Fabric Month is just another fun vehicle to reach people,” says author and designer Lisa Shepard Stewart, the owner of Cultured Expressions.
The month-long celebration encourages a variety of suggested activities and projects that are fun, educational, and culturally relevant. Because it’s primarily geared 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. Lisa adds, “Everyone is welcome to participate, and to share their own ideas for African Fabric Month with social media posts, including #AfricanFabricMonth.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media links for giveaways, contests and more! Questions? Contact Lisa at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568) or email [email protected]