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.

Celebrate Women’s History Month With J&O Fabrics


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.

Is Walmart to Blame? J&O Offers Soundboard for the Rise in Novelty Fabric Prices

As one of South Jersey’s largest and longest operating family owned fabric stores (45 years and going strong), we receive calls  from crafters, artisans, designers, sewing novices, and even expert seamstresses/tailors constantly. Some call inquiring about proper yardage for commercial projects, some call seeking advice regarding the characteristics and use of specific textiles, and still others call in a desperate attempt to secure hard to find and otherwise unavailable prints from the one source they know that has built its reputation on providing their customers with some of the industry’s most popular licensed prints and top quality decorative fabric at discounted prices over the years.  J&O Fabric Store even has customers who have been with us from the start and can still remember when a yard of a novelty cotton cost as little as $1.50. Unfortunately, though our reputation as a reliable one stop source has remained, the days of pulling out a dollar or two for a yard of fabric are long gone.  What’s even more challenging is that at the current rate the textile industry as a whole is going, what we pay for novelty prints one month, has the potential of increasing by the next without warning. Like  unstable oil and gas prices we’ve been forced to endure, we are experiencing fluctuations at every turn when it come to cotton material as well, as a result, everyone from the manufacturers down to the individual consumer feels the sting of it.

J&O Celebrates Black History Month 365 Days of the Year!

As February rolls in, so does the month long celebration honoring the multitude of contributions African-Americans have made towards the advancement of not only our country, but the human race as a whole in the fields of science, math, literature, medicine, technology, agriculture, art, music and more. From our family friend,a.k.a., the remote control, invented by Joseph Jackson, to our life saving blood plasma discovered by none other than Dr Charles Drew, the list of creative ideas that have made their way into the daily lives of Americans seems endless.

J&O Celebrates Akoma Day: A Cultural Alternative to Valentine’s Day

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As millions across America save up their extra pennies, personal work days, and long awaited proposals to celebrate the worldwide holiday designed for lovers and better known as Valentines Day, another similar holiday is taking place in many African-American communities that recognizes not only the nurturing of romantic love, but love from a communal and cultural perspective as well. Enter in Akoma Day.

Akoma Day is a seven day holiday celebration of love between individuals within the African-American community. Observed during February in place of Valentines Day, the focus of this fairly new holiday is to ” …restore ‘ Black Love ‘ as the primordial example of love personified,” says founders Montsho &  Nwasha Edu.  Although officially celebrated for one week from February 14th to February 20th, Akoma Day is designed to be celebrated throughout the year as a tool to help cultivate and reflect the highest level of love in all relationships. 

J&O Fabrics Celebrates Cyber Monday with Discounted Fabric & FREE SHIPPING !

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Whether you hit the pavements running for door buster deals on Black Friday, or spent the biggest shopping weekend of the year sitting down exercising phalanges and oculi searching for great savings on the world-wide web, one thing is for sure…there’s nothing sweeter than stumbling on a good deal at a great price. Add to that, the confidence of quick and easy shipping, and another satisfied customer is born.

” Like A Virgin, Sewing For the Very First Time.”

Whether you lost your virginity 5 years ago or 50, every woman (and maybe some men) remembers their first. In the creative world of sewing, that recollection is no different. Whether an expert or a novice, everyone started somewhere and everyone remembers their first…..project that is. Was their first all they expected it to be? Maybe. Did they give intimate blow by blow details of it all? Depends on how good or how bad it was. If they knew then what they knew now, would they have done things differently? In the case of bad……YES!!! 

Patchwork Fabric Inspired by Africa’s Baye Fall.

Long before American grandmothers were creating beautiful patchwork quilts and Hippys of the 1970s were making the same fabric construction fashionable, the Baye Fall of Senegambia were donning visually intricate looking yet humbly crafted garments from various patch worked pieces of colorful African fabric as their daily attire.

Born out of necessity, and distinguishable upon first glance, members of the Islamic based movement called Baye Fall dress in colorful yet ragged clothes, and wear their hair in a dreadlock fashion. Dedicated to doing manual work as a form of adoration to God, these men can be seen handling security during pilgrimages to Touba or even roaming the streets in search of financial donations for their religious teacher.

The Journey to the White House Quilt

In June 2008, while watching a history making event on television, Dr Joan Gaither found herself reflecting on the man on her screen standing before millions as he pleaded to the nation to be the change we are all looking for. Inspired by his success, she began stitching a quilt that would one day take us along the long yet triumphant political journey of a young man starting from Honolulu Hawaii and culminating at the steps of the White House less than six months later as the 45th President of the United States.

That man…..Barack Obama.

Customize Your Fabric, From the Cradle to the Grave

When we are born, we are swaddled in symbolic colored baby blankets marking the arrival of a brand new baby boy or girl. Our new parents set us up in custom designed rooms painted in pretty pastels and primary colors, an expression of love, and a welcome into what in some cases, is an unloving world. We are adored and adorned in the finest trims, prepared to spend our early years in pampered bliss and peaceful joy.