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Discover the vibrant colors and patterns of traditional African fabrics! Students create a classroom textile quilt that explores diverse cultures.
During an investigation of people living in various African countries, invite students working in small groups to choose a culture to research. Ask students to look for various textile patterns, colors, and motifs that are traditional to the groups. Ghana, for example, is known for both its Kente cloth and Adinkra cloth. Nigeria’s Yoruba people are known for their beautiful Adire cloth. Encourage students to study photographs or samples of these fabrics.
Request students sketch possible designs with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Students choose at least one design to make a replica for a class quilt.
Cut quilt pieces. Choose light-colored cotton or 50/50 cotton/polyester fabric. With Crayola Scissors, cut squares and rectangles of fabric that will fit together on the quilt. Be sure to include a wide border around each patch.
When making the quilt, have students use your Crayola Fabric Markers to create beautiful African patterns on each quilt patch. Arrange them on a quilt-size backing. An adult can to carefully stitch patches together. Since the multicultural quilt is for display, there is no need to heat-set the colors.
Students write labels for each unique pattern. List the name of the textile art, the country from which it came, and other information researched about the pattern’s origin. Display labels with the quilt.
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