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mudcloth spoonflower story : earth tones fabric by sef on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 24 x 24 inches

by sef

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Mudcloth strips with symbolic designs.

Mudcloth strips with symbolic designs. If the online sources are accurate and I've comprehended them correctly, these panels represent the Spoonflower story.

• The central panel has concentric circles which stand for family and community - in this case the family idea which led to them building the Spoonflower community.
• The panels out from this feature: a chevron cross, representing a cushion pillow and standing for wealth and luxury; triple parallel lines, representing a spindle; and my own addition of some stitching. Spoonflower is quite a luxury product and many people do indeed make cushions! The spindle clearly has something to do with textiles and the stitching is for the sewing element.
• Further out still are the panels with the calabash flowers - which stand for prosperity.
• At the edges are the zig-zags which are supposed to have something to do with an iguana's elbow and stand for good fortune. I'm unclear about the connections for that one but I'm rather partial to such critters, so they got included anyway.

I left out any mention of superior wives, farmers and warriors etc.

Currently displaying a version in traditional mudcloth colours of yellow ochre, rust red, rich brown, black and white. Different sizes (up to 18 inches with the uploaded file), the other orientation of stripes or alternative colour schemes are easily available on request. You can even ask for a combination of several designs together.

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sef says: Oops, checking back above, the iguana elbows were "good fortune" (of an unspecified kind) rather than prosperity (which is the calabash flowers). Not that that helps to explain what's so fortunate about an iguana or its elbow! :-D

Posted over 4 years ago.


chickoteria says: This is great.l. Good luck in the contest!

Posted over 4 years ago.


sef says: The thing is that the iguanas are American rather than African and don't even have stripes on them quite like that! Iguana ownership(?) is also not the most obvious sign of prosperity (and I didn't come across a proper explanation for it). But since the symbol apparently does mean prosperity, it was worth including.

Posted over 4 years ago.


su_g says: Lovely colorway, great idea and I love the explanation. I can see how the zig-zags are like an iguana's elbow (same shape) and I'm surprised that you couldn't fit one into the Spoonflower story Sef (when they are prosperous they will have many iguanas or some such??). Melanie's comment made me laugh, and as I wasn't in the top 100 either I feel I'm in good company...

Posted over 4 years ago.


sef says: No, I'm way down on the cool kids scale. I wasn't even in the last top 100.

Posted over 4 years ago.


wiccked says: This is lovely, Sef! If you're not careful you'll end up popular ;)

Posted over 4 years ago.