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Born in Sierra Leone on Africa's West Coast, Luke-Boone is a clothing designer who also teaches techniques of sewing with African fabrics. Here she discusses six distinctive African fabric types: Mudcloth, Kuba Cloth, Korhogo Cloth, Fancy Prints, Wax Prints, and Kente Cloth. For each she includes a history of the cloth, traditional and modern production methods, its symbolism, where and how to buy the cloth, information on sewing and caring for it, and design ideas. Most African fabrics are sold in pieces not on bolts and are often best used in combination with other less spectacular fabrics, so Luke-Boone also discusses which fabrics work well with the African ones. The reader is referred to commercial patterns that lend themselves to African fabric, and the author presents 14 original patterns for items such as vests, shawls, tote bags, and pillows. Notable for its outstanding graphic design and illustrations, this is generally recommended for public library sewing collections.
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