Vibrant, wax-printed cotton fabrics like the one pictured above have been displayed and sold in the markets of West and Central Africa for generations. Highly sought-after as luxury goods, the textiles may seem quintessentially African to Western eyes, but in fact these dizzyingly intricate double-sided patterns reflect a complex history of cultural, colonial, and commercial interactions.

The market for these spectacular fabrics got its start in the 19th century, when beautifully patterned Javanese batik textiles made their way to Africa, brought first through Christian missionaries and later by West African soldiers who carried batik home as gifts from the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.

Read the full story on the Museum blog


You could be…..PAVORAZZI FOR A DAY

You know what we love, selfies.

You know what else we love, babywearing pictures.

Oh and there’s this other thing we really love, talking about wraps.

You too?

Did we just become best friends?????

So bestie… How would you like to play Pavorazzi for a day?

It’s really simple. Just reblog this post and you will be entered for a chance to receive a Pavo Textiles, size 7, Galax Aster to selfie it up and get geeky with it. No need for a technical term review, just tell us what you think, how it feels in hand, what carries you used it in, and anything else you want to add.

*High Five*

Your photos and review will be posted on the official Pavorazzi page and could even be posted on the official Pavo Textiles page or blog. *More details will be provided to the winner.*

You have until midnight EST Saturday, August 6th to enter.

Don’t have a Tumblr page? Enter on Instagram by posting a babywearing photo and using #pavorazziforaday to get our attention.

Do you have both? Enter both places to double your chances at winning!


Happy because i’m seeing mum and dad later today, annoyed because of crazy fringe behaviour. I’m in the library updating my textiles blog this morning, just handed in my weave work. Feeling quite content.