To further my mission — providing information about local quilt shops, guilds & shows to quilters on the move (click on”Travelers” tab above); I spend a lot of time surfing the web looking for interesting locales, regional quilt and textile information & daydreaming about where I want to travel to experience new textiles & folk art. My last two blogs gave you some insight into Central and South American fabrics & textile art , so I decided to jump to a different continent – Africa! I began looking for African fabrics & almost lost my mind! I had no idea of the breadth & depth of the beauty and incredible talent producing these breathtaking works of art. We’re going to need several blogs to introduce you to some of my fabulous finds. If you’re lucky enough to have visited, I’m sure you will agree that the colors & textures are absolutely amazing!
Many of my friends have traveled to Africa for safari, to ports of call on cruises or to visit family; one went to visit an adopted giraffe. Maybe you can be the first of your friends to discover fabulous folk art and colorful, unique fabrics from the 55 African states with alluring names such as: Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Zimbabewe or Swaziland. There is going to be a quilt exhibit in Ghana in October, “SewJourn to Ghana” Fiber Art Exhibit with hands-on workshops in wax batik, Kente weaving, Adinkra stamping and beadmaking along with visits to studios of local artists, sightseeing & shopping.
If you can’t travel to Ghana this fall, can you make it to England or Scotland? World Textile Day in Scotland, “The People Behind the Cloth” featuring six world textile and clothing traders in Stirlingshire, Scotland will be held on June 22, 2013. The African Fabric Shop will display hand-made batiks, wax and sun prints, recycled glass, brass, plastic & paper beads, jewelery, fair trade baskets, kits & patterns. Similarly, World Textile Day in Norfolk, England will be held on September 7, 2013.
My next blog will introduce you to Amafu, bark cloth, coral tree cloth, discharge prints, kola & Indigo panels, Langa Lapu, Musa, Shwe Shwe & wax prints. Save your appetite because this is real eye candy!