Archive for the ‘African’ Category

Ruth Carter’s Wakanda Wonderland


When I went to see Marvel’s Black Panther  movie, I went with a mission…. to see and be inspired by Ruth Carter’s creative manifestation of  Marvel Studio’s  artistic concepts in all its masterful glory.  I was not disappointed. From the alluring grandiosity of Zulu-inspired headpieces worn by Wakanda’s queen mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and the eye-poppingly ornate armor adorned with chevron print worn by the all-female based warriors, to Nakia’s (Lupita Nyongo) sumptuously textured, kente cloth-inspired green gown that seemed to mold to her form, the creative collaboration of both visionaries left theater goers in awe and aspiring designers wanting more from Ruth.

Celebrating Black History Month Through African Fabric


As we celebrate Black History Month and the invaluable contributions of African-Americans in areas of technology, entertainment, science, mathematics and the arts, we are reminded of their traditional roots in African textiles as well. From their textured bogolani (mudcloth), colorful kente and richly colored indigo fabrics, to their Nigerian Lace, East African Kitenge and Egyptian cotton, African fabrics were hand-woven, painted, and dyed in tradition and meaning that sustains itself today. As well, we celebrate the symbolic Adinkra symbols of West Africa, storytelling wovens of Ghana, and abstract geometric shapes of the continent itself that can be found on printed cottons in many of our fabric stores and infused into the latest fashions.

Celebrating African Fabric Textile Contributions !


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As Americans celebrate the inventions and legacies of Africans / African-Americans throughout history this month, reflections of their art, history and cultural traditions can be found in almost every aspect of our society. In recognition of their traditional African fabric textile contributions,  the J&O Family would like to take a moment to highlight some of the beautiful waxed prints and metallics available for your crafting and quilting pleasure.

Her Name Is Indigo.


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When we think about African fabric design, rarely do we as consumers give much thought as to the history, craft, and meaning behind the symbols, patterns, or design elements we see. Instead we ‘ooh‘ and ‘aah‘ at the bright colors and creative print, thinking about what we can make with this, what we can do with that . But until we have the opportunity to see its manifestation from concept to completion, we will never really appreciate the finished textile  that seems to silently whisper…i am special, buy me!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month With J&O Fabrics


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March 8, 1911 marked the first celebrated International Women’s Day in many European nations as well as the United States. Women from around the globe gathered to talk about women’s rights and their place in society. From their historic presence in the Bible and contributions throughout history, to their movements in modern day society, many womens’ groups focused their energies around areas of substance, passion and purpose.  Books were written, organizations were formed, many even sparked protests and debates that created lively conversation and shifts in the norm that some were not ready for.

Celebrate Contributions and Achievements of African-Americans with J&O Fabrics


With Black History Month officially kicking off this week, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate the multitude of contributions and achievements African-Americans have made toward the advancement of not only our country, but the human race as a whole in the fields of science, math, athletics, literature, medicine, technology, agriculture, art, music and more. From our farmer’s bible…aka…the Almanac created by Benjamin Banneker (appx 1791) , and clothes dryer by G.T. Sampson (1862),  to the ever popular cell phone invented by Henry Sampson (1971) and house keeping friend …the dust pan, by Lawrence P Ray (1897), the list of ‘firsts’ invented by African Americans goes on and on. Each year since it’s inception,  Black History month has been drawing more recognition to the achievements of the past, encouraging more creative ideas and first’s to come in the future, and offering exposure to the faces and stories our books have often left out in its attempt at rewriting American HIS-story.

Category Of The Month: African Fabric


Widely appreciated for their craftsmanship and vibrant colors, the textile and designs of African fabric often create the kind of appeal that inspires breathtaking traditional garments,  eclectic home  decor, memorable celebratory events  and more. From waxed metallic cottons most popular in Nigeria and other West African countries, to traditional Kente from Ghana and Bogolanfini mud cloth from Mali, the creative uses offer a multitude of options to satisfying an array of project needs not only for special occasions, but everyday use as well.

Baltimore Fashion Week 2013


jandofabricsA few weeks ago, fashionistas young and seasoned, beautiful models, and the media alike converged on the city of Baltimore Maryland for the 6th Annual Baltimore Fashion Week (Aug 8-11, 2013) to get a sneak peak into what some of our notable and up-and-coming designers are dishing out for the season ahead; and what a showcase of color and creativity it was!

3-Step No-Sew Lion Pillow Tutorial!


This is a quick and fun family fabric craft with just 3 simple steps! While the photo shown below is a lion (Simba) shared by Family Fun Magazine–you may easily alter the pieces to make another animal or even a bright sunflower. Begin by choosing some soft fleece fabric and let the good times roar!

No sew lion pillow

Photograph by Mark Mantegna of Family Fun Magazine

You will need:
• Fleece fabric. Choose red or maroon and yellow or orange for Simba. You will also need brown fleece and white fleece for the facial expressions and eyes.
• Cotton batting or fiberfill stuffing
• Yarn
• Hot glue
•Pencil and scissors

African Inspired Prints


Namib DesertAfrica is such a beautiful and diverse country teeming with amazing wildlife, rivers, mountains and deserts. The cultural history of the continent and its people dates back to the cradle of civilization. Fabric in Africa has a millennial story behind it. It truly is sacred to the culture. Philosophy, ethics, morals and history are all conveyed through each thread. Not only are the patterns valued as a means to communicate a message but also the colors that are chosen are significant.