Tuesday, June 22, 2010
African Wax Prints
African prints hold special meaning in the hearts of Africans. They each tell a story to the wearer. In Africa, clothes are often more than clothes. The colors and designs are unique and each has its own history and story. My understanding is that the art of wax printing on fabric originated in Indonesia and was exported to the Gold Coast and spread over West Africa to Central Africa. These prints are plentiful in Kinsasha where Sara's been living.
While we don't know the story behind each one of the prints she brought home, I know there is a story and that these fabrics have more significance than simply surface value.
SOOOO, in case you don't know about Etsy, it's a web site where people sell handmade products. I plan to open an Etsy store soon and begin to sell the goods I will make out of these fabrics. This is gonna keep me occupied for quite some time. Wow, I have a LOT to do!