For hundreds of years the traditional dress of people in Africa has been garments made of brightly coloured and exquisitely designed cotton print fabric. Buy African Style Dresses Online
Cotton is a fantastic fabric. Durable; literally lasts for years even with daily use. Absorbent; soaking up natural and man-made dyes so completely, producing colours that are vibrant and long lasting.Cotton is so suited to a tropical climate It has the ability to be cool in hot weather and warm in cooler weather. This is way the best quality African prints are made solely of cotton.
Traditional Print methods
Ancient textile makers used natural dyes made from the extraordinary mineral peats and soils dug from deep within the ground. Huge vats of deep pepper reds, brilliant indigo and amazingly vibrant saffron are the receptacles for swathes of white cotton. Using stones or shells tied into the cloth. The result is the most magnificent tie-dye textiles in the world. A techniques so good that it is still used today. African Print blouses for women
Hand carved wooden blocks of intricate designs that reflect the natural environment; fish, birds, trees,flowers are used to hand print onto the cotton. What makes African textiles, so African are the amazing combinations of colours that go into making a single textile print. Often a successful print design is printed in three or even four very different colour combinations;
-black, white and hot pink
-blue, yellow and orange
-black, grey and red/brown
to name just a few. To the western tastes these colour combinations do not sound at all promising.Yet when the creativity of African designer realises a new design their colour combinations work far better than anyone could ever have imagined. African Print Clothes Online Store
In the modern age and with the use of computers to design and print very complex images onto the cotton, African print designs have gone from strength to strength. During times of celebration or mourning of a local or national dignitary a commemorative print is often produced for the occasion.
A design complete with images of famous faces, names and dates printed in three or four different colour versions can be produced and printed off in as little as two weeks, ready be worn with pride by almost everyone who attends the event, and long after. Such is importance given to cotton print fabrics within African culture.
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