I struggled and struggled with what I wanted to do with this fabric…
Well…since you asked :)
This fabric was sent from South Africa by some dear friends we were so blessed to have as guests for 5 weeks this summer. Having a package arrive from them was an outstanding blessing!
Nevermind the goodies inside.
Amongst other wonderful gifts was this beautiful fabric.
Of course I wanted to do something with it.
I don’t want it well used (it needs to last and last, when is the next time I will get this again?)
I want it appreciated (it needs to be visible to others)
It is a color that isn’t widely used in my home (how to “blend” it)
It needs to use BOTH sides of the fabric (read on to find out why)
Why is this fabric special?
This fabric is printed exclusively in South Africa and is called Shwe-shwe. In fact, it has a very cool stamp on the back to indicate that it is printed in SA. Something I wanted to incorporate making it doubly tricky to use this fabric. This fabric is called Shwe-shwe and is a traditional fabric used by local tribes in South Africa for traditional dress. It comes very, very stiff and starched. The stiffness is a sign of quality in South Africa. I had to rinse it well to soften it, and this bled alot of indigo in that first wash. Very cool, I think.
to read more go to the website…here.
Okay. So now you see my dilemma. I don’t even want to use it. Just look at it and smile.
But off we go, it deserves to be special.
I decided to cut the panels apart…
I also had several Sari’s from my trip to South Africa. I only used 2 of the ones I no longer wore.
I thought this was a great way to put them to use. And that beautiful fabric…it needed to be shown off!
I cut the ties off of them. Cut them in half so there was 4 pieces.
I gathered them to create a nice ruffle on the scarf.
And then sewed them together…
And added them to the bottom (non-folded edge) of my fabric.
And used the ties I had cut off previously as trim.
Ta-da! Isn’t it beautiful!
I love that I can show off my beautiful fabric in a way that doesn’t harm it or require lots of washings!
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