Sun Cloth from the Crags in South Africa.
I have recently discovered an inspirational business called Langa Lapu (Xhosa for "sun cloth") created by Pru Bolus and her team of local artists.
Working in a machine free environment with non toxic and recycled materials the ladies of Langa Lapu have combined creativity and environmental awareness with a successful business model
Langa Lapu’s cloth can only be created on very still, hot days and due to the weather requirements the production is limited to the months between September and May.
The cloth is laced with light sensitive (non toxic) dyes and laid out in the sun with a selection of native leaves, seed pods and ferns placed on top.
After a few hours in the hot South African sun the leaves are removed and the design is revealed.
Each bolt of fabric is a one of a kind artwork due to the unique method used in creating the patterns.
Langa Lapu has stockists all over the world; for a list of stockists click here. just imagine all the beautiful dresses you could create with this kind of fabric.
If someone sent you a bolt of fabric from Langa Lapu what would you use it to make?
Contact details are as follows
PO Box 119, The Crags, 6602, South Africa
Tel/Fax: +27 44 5348827
Shop: +27 44 5348612 (Teresa/Barbie/Pru)
Mobile: 072 904 8819 (Pru)
Please note that this post was in no way sponsored by Langa Lapu however I did obtain permission to post pictures of their work and to publish this article on my blog.
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