African Fabrics!

We have a plethora of handmade or hand-dyed African fabrics. They come from all  different regions like the Kuba cloth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the hand-dyed Shibori from Mauritania, or the mud cloth of Mali.   
Kuba Cloth 44" diameter Raffia

Kuba Cloth
44″ diameter
Raffia

Kuba Cloth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is made by the Kuba people. Kuba men cultivate raffia palm and weave the raffia into fabric. The cloth is very rough when it comes off of the loom, so it is treated with a mortar to soften it. The cloth is then passed onto the women, who embroider and appliqué onto a larger piece of the raffia cloth. The women also transform the fabric into ceremonial skirts and head dresses. They are responsible for the geometric designs that make the fabric so unique. In the second two photos, there is a purple circle in the center, and on four sections of the round cloth, the dye may be from something call twool, a red substance from deep inside some of the tropical trees, and treated with palm oil. The Kuba believe this to be treated with magical  and protective powers.  
Mali mud cloth  Widths vary

Mali mud cloth
Widths vary



Mali Mud Cloth is also called bógólanfini, bogo meaning “earth” or “mud,” lan meaning with and fini meaning “cloth.” It is a handwoven cotton dyed with fermented mud. Traditionally, the cotton fabric is woven by men, and dyed by women. To dye the fabric, it is first treated with a mashed and boiled n’gallama leaves and then painted with the fermented mud to create the designs. The mud cloth is also traditionally worn by hunters as camouflage. It is also given to women after their initiation into adult hood, as well as after bearing children. The cloth should absorb the dangerous forces after after the child is born. Typically designs represent historical event or mythological proverbs. 

Both Kuba cloth and the mud cloth have protective powers. These fabrics would make fantastic pillows! Perfect to keep you surrounded by good spirits in your home. We are happy to support a continuing tradition of making fabrics by hand.  Enjoy!

Martha Stewart Medallion Oil Cloth

A few days ago, we got a very special piece of oil cloth! It is 54 inches wide and was featured in the June 2013 issue of Martha Stewart’s Living, for an article on making outdoor table changes.  Santa Fe Fabrics was lucky to get the remainder  of this beautiful cloth! We are very excited about our new goodies and project ideas!

Here is the link to Martha Stewart’s tutorial on oil cloth. http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2013/05/oilcloth-table.html 

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Up-cycled Sari Pieces & Vintage Saris

For a little while at Santa Fe Fabrics, we have had some wonderful up-cycled, or recycled sari pieces. These unique pieces are made from vintage saris that have been washed, hand dyed, and sometimes sewn. Each is one of a kind. They typically measure 18 inches by 22 inches. We also have a couple of vintage saris, and they are flying out fast!  Sari derives from a Sanskrit word meaning “strip of cloth.” The sari as a traditional female garment of India is as old as 2800-1800 B.C.E, and there are supposedly 80 different ways to wear a sari. With our up-cycled “strips of cloth”, we could find hundreds of ways to wear this traditional fabric! 

For a little while at Santa Fe Fabrics, we have had some wonderful up-cycled, or recycled sari pieces. These unique pieces are made from vintage saris that have been washed, hand dyed, and sometimes sewn. Each is one of a kind. They typically measure 18 inches by 22 inches. We also have a couple of vintage saris, and they are flying out fast!  Sari derives from a Sanskrit word meaning "strip of cloth." The sari as a traditional female garment of India is as old as 2800-1800 B.C.E, and there are supposedly 80 different ways to wear a sari. With our up-cycled "strips of cloth", we could find hundreds of ways to wear this traditional fabric!



Charmeuse in Vogue

Beautiful Silk Charmeuse Prints that are highlighted in the Feb/March 2012 Vogue Pattern Magazine. We have them now.

Ruffles Galore!

More ruffles have just arrived. Perfect for making everything from flamenco skirts to leggings to lampshades to yes, even diaper covers!



update: August 2013  We now have more ruffles than ever, including stretch ruffles.

Frog Fasteners from China!

Very good indeed! Especially since they are on sale, starting December 10, along with nearly everything else in the store.  See them for yourself!

Winter?

…and camel, angora, cashmere!  Perfect ingredients for a warm winter coat or jacket. Be sure to watch our Recent Arrivals page as we continue to add more of these beautiful winter fabrics.

Pendletons?

New Pendleton woolens have arrived! Just in time for vests, jackets, throws, pillows, coats, wallets…or whatever you are inspired to create with these beautiful fabrics.















New Trim!

These aren’t just any ol’ roses.  We’ve got some fun new trims in stock for you!  Check out these beautiful rosettes of dusty pink and acid green!













Rosette Trim $17.25 a yard LIKE us on Facebook

It may not be spring…

But we’ve got flowers everywhere!  We’re bursting at the seams with beautiful floral appliques.  Some have pin-backs, some are ready to sew on with a felt circle back!















A quick and beautiful way to jazz up any project or even re-vamp an old garment with some pizazz! Assorted Floral Blossoms $3.75-$11.25 each LIKE us on Facebook