Celebrating Black History Month Through African Fabric

As we celebrate Black History Month and the invaluable contributions of both African and 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 colorful kente cloth from Ghana, bògòlanfini (mudcloth), and richly colored adire (indigo fabrics) from Mali, to their African lace of Nigeria, 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 fabric stores and infused into the latest fashions.

African textiles come in an array of prints and colors to satisfy almost any color palate and realm of imagination. A great way to incorporate a bit of vibrancy and style into your inspired projects could be through the refashioning of a simple lampshade and pillow. Spice up your room décor with patterned quilts and framed wall hangings. Add a splash of ethnic print to your pants or jackets. Inspire and BE inspired! Have fun introducing a taste of the continent into your home this February. With over 52 countries and 3,000 tribes to choose from, exploring African history and culture through textiles could very well last the whole year through! Check out some of these African-themed crafts and their FREE how-to-tutorials today!

[ DIY LAMPSHADES ]

[ UPHOLSTERED CHAIRS ]

[ DIY AFRICAN FOOT CANDY ]

[ DIY INSPIRED HEAD NECK RESTS ]

[ DIY THEMED PILLOWS ]

[ DIY FABRIC WRAPPED BANGLES ]

[ DIY AFRICAN CLUTCHES ]

[ DIY PLACEMATS ]

[ DIY TRIMMED GIFT BAGS ]

[ DIY FABRIC FRAME ]

Check out J&O Fabrics selection of African inspired prints

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