September is the month that needs to be remembered for African fabric Industry. Cultured Expressions – a company based in New Jersey - is celebrating a new scheme named African Fabric Month to promote artistic and practical uses of African Fabrics. In the honour of African cultures creating authentic fabrics, the company encourages DIY audience to join in fun, educational and culturally relevant activities during September.
African fabrics like Batik, Kuba, Adinkra, Bogolan/Mudcloth, Korhogo, Adire, Kente and more are also being used to create one-of-a-kind garments, accessories, quilts, handbags and home accents.
Cultured Expressions believe that they could bring the world’s attention to Africa where people could expose themselves to the beauty of fabric. There will be a pride when African culture can be seen in designs on fashion runways, exclusive boutiques as well á home décor items.
“One of my greatest joys is sharing the awe-inspiring textile artistry of Africa as one of its many positive contributions to the world, in contrast to the negative media depictions of the continent. My passion is creating events and activities that expose people of all backgrounds to the beauty of the fabrics, giving them an opportunity to truly feel the fabric and embrace the culture, and African Fabric Month is just another fun vehicle to reach people,” said Lisa Shepard Stewart, author, designer and the owner of Cultured Expressions.
For this entire month, all of DIY audience will have chance to upgrade as well as show off their skill levels like sewing, quilting and so on. . Everyone is welcome to participate, and to share their own ideas for African Fabric Month with social media posts to include #AfricanFabricMonth or #SewAfrican