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African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethnic Flair

African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethnic Flair

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by Ronke Luke-Boone

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Library Journal
Born in Sierra Leone on Africa's West Coast, Luke-Boone is a clothing designer who also teaches techniques of sewing with African fabrics. Here she discusses six distinctive African fabric types: Mudcloth, Kuba Cloth, Korhogo Cloth, Fancy Prints, Wax Prints, and Kente Cloth. For each she includes a history of the cloth, traditional and modern production methods, its symbolism, where and how to buy the cloth, information on sewing and caring for it, and design ideas. Most African fabrics are sold in pieces not on bolts and are often best used in combination with other less spectacular fabrics, so Luke-Boone also discusses which fabrics work well with the African ones. The reader is referred to commercial patterns that lend themselves to African fabric, and the author presents 14 original patterns for items such as vests, shawls, tote bags, and pillows. Notable for its outstanding graphic design and illustrations, this is generally recommended for public library sewing collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This title is a wellspring of inspiration and information. Fashion-magazine-style photos of gorgeous modern clothing and home furnishings showcase the versatility of the six common kinds of African textiles featured: mud cloths with abstract patterns, the familiar Kente cloths, Korhogo cloths with fanciful prints, plush Kuba-cloth velvets, and more. For each fabric, there is background about its cultural origin, traditional and modern methods of manufacture, and the meanings of colors or designs likely to be encountered. The author shares her knowledge of how to buy, care for, sew with, handle, and store African fabrics. Her instructions are detailed, right down to recommended needle thicknesses and interfacings. The 14 projects are relatively easy. Patterns for three items are provided in an envelope. However, for most of the others, clear instructions are given on how to make them. The last activity shows how to make and use a child's loom. Using a variety of illustrative media and straightforward explanations, Luke-Boone sends out her message: the beautiful fabrics of Africa are rich in texture and culture.-Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
African Fabrics provides crafts people with fourteen original projects which use African fabrics to create tunics, place mats, pillows, shawls and other items. Discussions of mudcloth, fancy prints, Kuba cloth and Kente cloth, among others, provide a unique and excellent introduction to African fabrics as a whole, making this more than just a crafts guide. A wide audience will find it important for both its historical overview of African fabrics and its artistic/crafts attractions.
Mary Ray
This book is a technical resource for anyone wanting to sew with authentic African textiles, but it’s also a source for inspiration. It points us in new directions without letting go of the rich traditions.
—Mary Ray, associate editor of Threads Magazine

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African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethnic Flair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as soon as I saw it. I was not disappointed. Absolutely wonderful. So much detail about the fabrics, how they are made, the culture etc. But the designs were a bonus. So many amazing fashions out of African fabrics! I am inspired. Now I see new possibilities.