Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Stash 12

Imported Indigo from South Africa

Who knew I would become so smitten with Indigo fabrics?  I really, really love them.  They remind me of my Dad's hankies.  He carried a navy and white handkerchief in his back pocket as long as I can remember.  They were so soft and always ready to dab a tear, wipe a nose or brush off a scraped knee.  As a teenager I remember using them for a très chic headscarf.  I'm starting to think this was a sentimental purchase!  : )

I saw these at a local trade show and I was instantly taken with their designs.  Brand new indigo fabrics are stiff and honestly, they smell a little strange.  I was looking around the booth trying to figure out what in the heck people made with them.  I kept thinking to myself, this is regular fabric right?  The owner assured me that it was just starched heavily and it would wash out without any problem. The starch has to do with the history of indigo fabrics and guaranteeing authenticity for the last 100 years.  I came home with this small sampling from Cotton In The Cabin.  I'm excited shuffle to these into a modern quilt and see what happens.

Do you have a sentimental color?


  1. I love these fabrics....just lovely.

  2. I love love love these fabrics. I grew up with them in South Africa, where they are called shweshwe fabric. Check out this blog: which is devoted to all things shweshwe. I made a gorgeous skirt for my daughter (16) with shweshwe - I need to post a photo of it.

  3. Very cool fabric! Can't wait to see what you do with them :)

  4. They are beautiful fabrics, Adrianne! And I love your stories about your dad. I'd have to say that green is a sentimental color for me - it was my grandmother's favorite color, particularly a shade my family calls "Mommom Green". Every room in her house was painted this particular color, all of my life! I have a beautiful china cabinet that came from her house - I think it's walnut, but I can't bring myself to strip off the Mommom Green paint that's on it!

  5. Very nice fabric. My Dad always had a white cotton hankie in his pocket. So glad we are getting fabric from other areas. I look forward to finding some. Thank you for your awesome posts!

  6. Ooooh, very nice indeed. Indigo fabrics make me think Japanese - like men's kimino's, which probably aren't called kimonos, but you know what I mean!



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