As a business coach for African fashion business as well as the Director of Wax and Wraps I thrive in sharing insights about African fashion and textiles.
So today with my focus being on handwoven textiles it seemed most fitting to make todays blog about that plus to remind you of how you can learn more about many more African textiles.
This video had the most views on our instagram page I believe because of the fascinating nature of the production of the textile.
It was a video of a kente weaver weaving new cloth. Have a look and watch the full video
Have you ever considered using this type of textile?
Maybe learning more about it will help you decide.
You see Handwoven cloth is done on a loom which is a wooden tool built for weaving using the weft and warp.
The looms differ and are similar between countries.
Some are done as strips such as in Ghana for Kente cloth or in Mali for their bogolan textile base fabric. And some use wide looms like in Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast for their dan fani cloth or in Ethiopia for their shemma cloth.
For the looms most are built in the lying down positioning but for some artisans the looms are standing. Such as seen in Nigeria for their cloths such as their akwete cloths
Notoriously textiles are made using cotton yarns and threads some countries african artisan weavers will include lurex threads in their weaving.
These are examples you will find from our suppliers at our sourcing platform
@fashionafricatradeexpo that use weaving on the looms to product the cloths and some finished goods
Sound interesting to you?
Let's meet up this week to share more on the topic.
It’s been a while since we met live so good news is that this Tuesday 2nd November I’ll be hosting a webinar on African textiles and those who join will gain access to hot news I’m revealing first to those on the webinars.
First up is a 40minute training around the story of African textiles that i recently showed via a presentation to the staff from TFL - Transport for London for Black History Month which was truly an honour.
If you want to start using african textiles but think waxprint fabric is your only option then my friend you will be wowed with what I’ll be bringing you and showing you on the webinar on Tuesday 2nd November. We kick off at 6pm U.K. time.
Send me a message at hello@waxandwraps with the word webinar for the zoom link
There will be no replay.
Details will be sent via email so no need to sign up just send me an email for the link details