Kwanzaa Patchwork is a festive print inspired by the African American holiday by the same name.
Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1965, this cultural holiday was created to reinforce traditional African American values like community, spirituality and kinship. Stemming from the Swahili phrase ‘mantunda yo kwanza’, the name means simply ‘first fruits’ or the ‘fruits of the harvest’. Celebrated from December 26th until January 1st, Kwanzaa celebrations focuses on seven principles (nguzo saba) that are the foundation of a strong community. These include:
Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
Printed on an extra wide 60” cotton, Kwanzaa Patchwork carries a 6 ½” horizontal by 6 ¼” vertical repeat offering 9 assorted 2 ¼” diameter boxed images of various symbols connected to the holiday per yard for your crafting pleasure. Create great table dressings, curtains, fabric gift wraps, book covers and more with this meaningful print.
Kwanzaa mat (mkeka) symbol of history and tradition
Corn ears (vibunzi) symbolic of the number of children in each family celebrating
Seven candles (misumaa saba) represent the Nguzo Saba
Unity cup (kikomba cha umoja) used to pour libations