Friday, April 13, 2012

fabric de africa

It's only ironic that while it rains here in California, I'm feeling under the weather.  Not sure if it's leftover travel ickiness or not.  But, since my vacation me-made pictures are more funny than informative, I need to take more pictures here at the house, and I don't feel like getting gussied up right now.

But moving on, I do have fabric pics!  I must send a big thank you to Another Sewing Scientist for pointing me in the right direction in Cape Town.  And go check out her newest creation, and how much she loooooves Cape Town!! 

First stop was Focus Fabrics, in the Woodstock area.

I picked up 2 meters of each of these:

cotton? kinda feels like a lawn



My total for this purchase was 206 Rand, about $25 US, woop woop!  And for those of us in the US, which refuses to use the metric system, a meter equals just a little over a yard.  (WHY oh why, do we not convert to metric?? Seriously-it makes sense!)

Anywho, the next day, I went back for more, hitting up Fabric City, just down the street.  This time, my haul was again, 2 meters of each:

wax print (made in India, haha)



oh, and look, it's double sided, score! 
 more shweshwe

close up

and the reverse!  I really love this.
pretty cool, huh?

I lost my receipt for fabric city, but I remember it being around 240 Rand, around $30 US.  All in all,  a little over $50 US for 12 yards of fabric between both stores.  Not bad!

And the fabric shweshwe has an interesting history, I had never heard of it before.  Check it out here.  I love that's it's called "shweshwe" because of the sound it makes when walking!

I've been stalking this blog, She wears shweshwe, where she photos women in Africa wearing shweshwe designs.  Check it out if you have a minute.  It's cool cause she doesn't sneak the photos, but engages and even mails pictures back to them when possible.

And if you're still curious about shweshwe (i'm in a wee obsession right now), google Bongiwe Walaza, a South African designer.  Her clothing is stunning:

Now I'm off to drink some tea and plot my fabric plans.



  1. Wow, I don't know anything about this kind of fabric, but it's really beautiful! You got some amazing deals. :)

  2. Oooooo, nice! I haven't been to Focus Fabrics; is it on Main Road / Sir Lowry Road? I just got an email from my University of CT boss asking how soon I can come back :)

  3. I am LOVING these - I especially like the starry night - its beautiful ! I cant wait to see what you make up with them :-) I hope you feel better soon ! xx

  4. Thanks :) Vicki, Focus Fabrics is at 128 Sir Lowry Road. If you're standing in front of Fabric City, looking toward the castle, go right, just past the underpass on the right hand side of the street.

  5. ooooh I love your fabric!I am so attracted to those wax printed fabrics - I have some of my own still to use although I'm still waiting for just the right pattern to pair it with. You've got a nice mix of large and small prints, look forward to seeing what you make :)

    1. Thanks, it was so much fun shopping for fabric we can't get here! Hopefully I will eventually have the guts to cut into all of it!!