Tuesday, June 10, 2008

African Fabrics

Don't miss Julie Ward's fabrics: out of Africa and into America's stores. That's her in the photo above, wearing a tie-dyed cotton voile. The fabrics are fabulous. I am ready to go check out her store.
To visit Gallery Asha -- as Ward calls her showroom of imported textiles, objets d'art and jewelry, near South La Brea Avenue -- is to enter a foreign land filled with tribal masks, carved wooden statues, strange musical instruments and textiles. Lots of textiles.

Ward, 42, is an expert in these fabrics, and her clients realize the value of her eclectic tastes. Sold in 5-, 6- and 12-yard pieces, the fabrics range from $5 to $20 per yard.
The article says that LA designers have been buying her imports for their creations. I bought some west African wax prints in 1-2 yard pieces from SAS fabrics in Lawndale. I wonder if they are the leftovers from some local manufacturer?

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