Cameroon Task Force

Sewing 2017

I fell in love with large print African fabrics about 30 years ago on a trip to Washington DC where I saw women walking down the street wearing dresses created from fabulous material that I’d never seen before. Colors were purposefully bright. Patterns were intentionally huge. Dresses with matching head wraps were audacious in design and the use of color was inspiring. In a plaid skirt and turtleneck sweater my style paled in comparison. I loved African fabric first time I saw it and I’ve been chasing it ever since.

Women's Small Business Development

(Sewing 2017)

What We Did

Barb Knapp – Sewing Master

♦ Sewing teachers received 20 days of specialized training from Barb Knapp.

♦ 4 sewing teachers received took part in the sewing training: 2 women from Kribi, 1 from Yaounde (a 4 hour bus ride), and 1 from Akonolinga (an 8 hour bus ride).

♦ The teachers mastered pattern making, fitting clothing, and technical sewing skills needed to make western style clothing, designing and creating robes and stoles for pastors, and other items that will be sold in local markets.

What We Brought

♦ Each teacher will take on apprentices in their home communities, eventually creating income opportunities for many young women earnings who can support their extended families.

♦ 2 sewing machines donated to Vocational Center.

♦ Sewing supplies delivered for the Vocational Training Center included 2 professional-grade sewing machines, 100+ patterns, a dressmaker’s mannequin, and other materials.

Taming Fabrics

African Fabric Quilts:  Strong and beautiful prints are not exclusive to Africa – they are available everywhere and most of us have them in our fabric collections. But without a viable way to utilize these fabrics they just sit on the shelf, are brought down now and then to admire, but are seldom used.

African Fancy Print quilts don’t really need more than a couple of additional colors so consider your choices carefully. Line them up together and examine your options up close. Use a viewing square (the little red squares that reveal color intensities) up close and at a distance. If you have a phone with a camera, take photos and try out colors or width of borders and layouts by resizing your photos.

Please check out the link below to learn more about exotic African fabrics and prints. 

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