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.

Indigo- The Natural Insect Repellent

Tired of burning insect repelling coils, polluting the air with toxic bug sprays and lotioning up with toxic chemical based pesticides throughout the year, especially in the summer and rainy seasons? If so, why not trade in your N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide and 2-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid1-methylpropyl ester) based insect repellent solutions for something a little more natural, a bit more eco and human friendly, and a lot easier to read. With the threat of Lymes Disease and other bacterial viruses that mosquitos can carry, protecting your family and environment has never been more necessary.