At More Love Mama we are thrilled to share a unique assortment of fabrics and gifts from around the world. Some of our items are so unique that you may not know much about them. So below are some brief descriptions of our most popular products.
AFRICAN WAX PRINT FABRIC
African Wax Print Fabrics are the most popular fabrics in Africa, especially in West Africa. Distinctive for their large, bold prints and intense color combinations, wax prints are treasured and worn as garments by both young and old, wealthy and poor. More recently, wax prints have become popular throughout the world and can be seen in housewares, furniture, accessories and more.
Traditionally, wax prints are produced by applying patterns of wax to fabric that is then dyed. The process is repeated, layer upon layer, until the desired pattern and color combination is achieved. Good quality wax prints are 100% cotton and their color and pattern appear on both sides of the fabric. Although called an African Wax Print, many wax prints are manufactured outside of Africa in Holland, England, India and China. However, no matter where they are made, African Wax Prints are still a style of fabric that reflects the culture, beauty, and vibrant personality of West Africa.
GENUINE “THREE CATS” SOUTH AFRICAN SHWESHWE FROM DA GAMA TEXTILES
Da Gama Textiles is one of South Africa’s oldest and leading textile producers. At present, Da Gama Textiles is perhaps the only known producer of traditional Indigo Dyed Discharge Printed Fabric in the world. The process is still done traditionally whereby fabric is fed through copper rollers which have patterns etched on the surface, allowing a weak acid solution to be fed into the fabric, bleaching out the distinctive white designs. The fabric can easily be identified for its intricate all-over prints and beautiful panels. The common trademarks or brands, Three Cats, Three Leopards and Toto 6 Star are authenticated by a backstamp on the fabric. They are committed to continuing to produce quality prints that distinguish them from the reproductions in the market place, upholding the traditional values that have become associated with this fabric over the centuries among diverse cultural groups throughout South Africa – The ORIGINAL Shweshwe.
Da Gama has been manufacturing fabric since 1946 and constantly strives to be innovative in their product offering – specifically within their Home Sewing division. The Company has embraced the objectives of broad based economic empowerment, and as such, implemented a broad based company ownership scheme 5 years ago, the effect of which was to transfer 60% of the ownership of the company directly to employees of the company.
AFRICAN AND INDONESIAN BATIKS AND TIE DYE FABRICS
Our African and Indonesian Batiks and Tie Dyes are handmade/hand dyed by artisans on their respective continents. Traditional patterns are often paired with more modern colors to create lovely handmade works of art. Batiks are made in a similar fashion to wax prints, but instead of being mass produced on giant textile rollers they are hand stamped and hand dyed.
Most of our African Batiks come to us from the Global Mamas Batiking Centers in Ghana. In these centers, women are taught the craft of batiking and are given an opportunity to provide for their families. Our Ghana Batiks are completely fair trade products.
The Dashiki is a colorful garment for both men and women widely worn in Africa that covers the top half of the body. A common form is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.
The Dashiki fabrics we sell are panels that can easily be fashioned into a dashiki style shirt or dress. The dramatic designs on these panels also make them perfect for wall hangings, table coverings, and other clothing items.
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PRINTS
Australian Aboriginal or Indigenous designs are colorful, vibrant and decorative. It is one of the longest continuing traditional arts in the world. This tradition goes back over thousands years. In the early days the Aboriginal people performed cave painting, rock painting, sand or ground painting, etc. At present, Aboriginal artworks are sought after items both in Australia and worldwide.
Our Australian Aboriginal prints are produced with the objective to promote Aboriginal designs. These beautiful and unique designs are printed on high quality 100% cotton fabrics. They are lovely, soft fabrics with amazing color and pattern.
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
Whenever possible we strive to purchase fair trade fabrics and gift items for our More Love Mama online retail shop. We have made connections in several countries with local vendors and artisans and we are eager to support these business people by buying at the source. When we do work with larger wholesale companies, we try to find organizations that work with fair trade groups, or preserve indigenous art and design.