Monday, December 2, 2013

Black Friday, Senegal-Style

In the spirit of blogging more regularly... Hello! :)

Friday, I braved downtown Dakar with a few friends and came out with some exciting fabric finds... silks and chiffon this time, not African fabric. Today I thought I'd share some of my "Black Friday" finds - decidedly not a phenomenon in Dakar Senegal ;)

Before I moved to Africa, I never bought fabric, because what would I do with it?! I certainly don't know how to sew. I remember visiting the HLM fabric market in Dakar for the first time in 2008, completely in awe. The endless stands and rows of fabrics from all over the world, vibrant colors, glitz, patterns upon patterns, coordinating accessories... it was mesmerizing. The chaos of this booming maze and mild claustrophobia heightened the effect.

And thus began my love affair with textiles.

My study abroad host-sister with my very first African fabric purchase back in 2008.

Friday's shopping trip brought us to the Lebanese-owned fabric stores downtown, a controlled chaos of dusty fabric rolls ranging from the garish to the charming, from the tacky to the extravagant. When I first started combing through the Dakarois fabric stores a few years ago, I was quite skeptical I'd find anything appealing. Orange shag? Hot pink pleather?

And yet... after some digging, I always end up with a host of fabrics that strike my fancy... and some difficult decisions.

Voici Friday's finds:

Most of these will be used for blouses and flowy tops, and maybe a dress... I'm not feeling very adventurous with tailors these days. (Side note, I owe you all a "Tailor Tales" update; still need to photograph some of the final products!)

And this last fabric combo - a gold linen and a pink/gold textile from an old Woodin stash purchased in Ivory coast - is for an upcoming home project

On that note, I have an exciting update coming soon!!! And Megan might have some upcoming (style) tricks up her sleeve as well ;)

Happy Monday, fellow fabric-lovers!


  1. You know, I am very, VERY insecure when it comes to pattern. I think I have exactly ONE patterned piece in my closet that I actually wear (not counting my pinstripe or grey melange work pants). I wish I was more confidence.. Maybe one day.. But those patterns are indeed beautiful!!

    1. That's interesting - I normally don't consider myself that daring in the fashion department, but your comment made me think for a second. I guess because I shy away from form-fitting styles that are too revealing, my solution is to go for some impact in the pattern department. We've all got our insecurities ;)

      Thanks for reading! xx

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