I never quite believe what I'm seeing with African block print fabric. My eyes ask my brain to explore a little further to verify that the electric colors and psychotropic patterns are for real. But my brain brushes them off distractedly with, "Not now - can't you see I'm experiencing a blissful sensory overload?" And all for under $5 per yard (www.ashantifabrics.com). There are a bazillion different colors/patterns, many with gold or silver metallic ink detail. Be prepared to buy all you need of a specific print as it's not guaranteed to be there long. It is sold in 12 yard lengths, often traditionally used in a single piece as a wrap dress. But the possibilities are endless (though a little can go a long way in shaking up a space). I was recently inspired to wrap a good friend's wedding gift with it using carpet tape for a blind seal on the ends (below).
I used the block print fabric (below) as privacy curtains in the built-in bunk beds I designed and made for my kids (above). I think my next venture may be upholstering the inside of vintage luggage. Or perhaps a jump suit for the new puppy.