Sometimes I wonder why African fabrics are not more widely used in Europe. Maybe it is because it's difficult for us to incorporate the bold colours and exotic patterns into our sewing. Often, African fabric is presented as one single style, and not as something that can be naturally mixed with patterns and designs of European or North American origin.
Personally, I'm always inspired by these beautiful prints and weaves. I am definitely ready for some cross culture sewing and would love to play around and find new combinations! See my favorites below...
1. Vlisco. This old Dutch fabric mill has gone through difficult times, but always managed to reinvent itself. You can buy directly from their shop (starting from 6 yards/5,5 metres).
2. Shwe-Shwe prints from South-Africa. Actually these are an African interpretation of the old european "Blaudruck" technique. African Fabric in the UK has a nice collection (This is also where the product pictures I used below are coming from).
A small, but fine address for african fabric (and not only for that!) is Rosa Pomar's shop Retrosaria.
And finally: Ogekko from Australia is showing how pretty these fabrics work for children's clothes. You can find her Dawanda shop here.
If you worked with african fabrics before show us what you made with them. I'm curious!