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Fabgas5COVERAfrican fabrics are enjoying a popularity like never before — BECOME the movement!  Whether you sew clothing, quilts, crafts, or home decor accents, start by using #AfricanFabricMonth on your African fabric projects all month long!!   Cultured Expressions is calling all DIY enthusiasts to show your love for the best textile treasures in the world… And yes, we can begin a few days early ; ) — our movement, our rules!!!

Read more about our new venture, and order your copy of Fabrigasm™ magazine for all the inspiration you’ll need!  Issue #5 was just released (>) and you can also catch up on digital issues 1-4.

#AfricanFabricMonth      #SewAfrican      #CulturedExpressions



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Headwraps!  CulturedExpressions.comYou know that moment when you’re reviewing pix on your phone from months ago, and realize you intended to share something, but never got around to it?  Well, here’s my favorite pic from Roc-A-Natural, a natural hair and healthy living expo that took place in April in NYC.  These ladies above were happy customers and couldn’t wait to try on their purchases – the lady in turq wrapped both herself and her friend. Flawless African Style, ladies, and thanks for modeling our gorgeous Ghanian batiks!! Each wrap was a simple 1-yard length.

For more on headwraps and natural hair in general, check out Cultured Expressions’ new hair page.

And if you missed RocANatural in April, you can still get great headwrapping tips and fabrics at our upcoming Customer Appreciation Day, in conjunction with Yara African Fabrics.  It happens on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 12 to 5pm.  Details!

#africanfabric #headwraps #AfricanStyle #CulturedExpressions #RocANatural #naturalhair @CulturedExpressions


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LisaWrapping - join lisa in NYC at Roc-A-Natural 2016

join lisa in NYC at Roc-A-Natural 2016join lisa in NYC at Roc-A-Natural 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that Cultured Expressions has joined the lineup for Roc-A-Natural, our first natural hair health & beauty expo of 2016!  RAN takes place on Sunday, APRIL 10 from 10am to 8pm at the Holiday Inn on West 57th Street in New York City.  We’ll be there with lots of gorgeous batiks for headwraps, crafts, quilting and more, and I’ll also teach a headwrapping workshop using African fabrics–volunteer as a wrap model during the workshop and earn a free “Natural Since…” pin.

Check out RAN’s recent blog post, “That Wrap Life” … Then, get your tickets grab your natural friends and we’ll see you there!




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LisaBatiksThank you to all who took a moment to respond to the Cultured Expressions survey, and the Winners are…all of us!!  I’m already putting some things into action based on your input, and I appreciate you all, as always  ; )  Medaase paa.  And now, Congratulations to the three lucky recipients of $20 gift certificates:

  • Marcia Mitchell of Glen Allen, VA
  • Kitty Dade of Columbia, SC
  • Karen Terry of Auburn Hills, MI

Whether your name is listed above or not, you’ll want to know that we’re planning a special One-Day Online Sale on Saturday, December 5, especially for those of you who can’t attend the Holiday Open House at the CE Studio in Rahway on that day.  DETAIL on BOTH EVENTS.  Hope to see you in person, or online!    —-   lisa



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THANK YOU to all who attended our Customer Appreciation Day yesterday in the Bronx!  The Fabrigasm were flying fast & furious, with attendees taking a break from the four-hour fabrigasms only to take in the African appetizers & drinks, and a little junque food, too…

I think it’s safe to say that this is officially an ANNUAL event and we’ve already got some ideas brewing, so stay tuned to Cultured Expressions and Yara African Fabrics for more.  Aside from the fabrics were jewelry, you could find Ghanaian woven bags & baskets and headwraps, plus the chance to win a door prize!

We did have an official photographer so I’m sure we’ll have more to share soon, but here are a couple of pix I caught myself: Moctar Yara with a happy customer (but wait…where is his phone?),  and a view of the fabric frenzy, in one of the calmer moments of the day  ; )

Four-Hour Fabrigasms at Yara African Fabrics Four-Hour Fabrigasms at Yara African Fabrics


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…to make seven-inch fabric crafts, that is!  Come hang out with us THIS SATURDAY, April 25 at Yara African Fabrics for our 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day.  There, I’ll show you at least 4 different quick crafts using CE’s Jacquard Batik 7″ squares — choose your favorite for a make-it-take-it you can enjoy (and duplicate) at home. seven-inch fabric crafts - jacquard Batik kaie-it-take-its #culturedexpressions #africanfabric Shown here are the Coaster, Bookmark, and Pouch Necklace.   I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can accomplish with these gorgeous little Ghanaian fabric squares and little or no sewing!  In addition to  creating these seven inch fabric crafts, we’ll have lots of other inspiration, Retail Therapy, and of course, great refreshments  ; )

Get the DETAILS… and join us on Saturday for a celebration of African fabrics, and you, our trasured customers & friends.  The event is FREE – but be sure to RSVP

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Recently I’ve been inundated with emails, blog posts, FB posts and more breaking the “news” that Betty Boop has Afrocentric roots, her character inspired by a black stage singer named Esther Jones, shown at left. (Click Here for BACKSTORY)  I’d heard this a couple of years ago but for some reason, in the past week she’s heatin’ up the Internet again, to the delight of BB fans everywhere and of all persuasions, myself included! 

And when I found this beAfro’d Betty image online, I had to create these pins as a tribute to the growing Natural Hair Movement.  If you love natural hair and Betty Boop, and love seeing Betty Boop WITH natural hair, this pin is for you…and remember to treat your natural friends, too!

You can also pick yours up at the Cultured Expressions booth at the upcoming Connecticut Natural Hair Expo, November 8, 2014, along with our batik headwraps and more!

(Photo of Esther Jones sourced from MadameNoire)


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AfricanWimanWrapSunsetWe’ve added one of Cultured Expressions’ new favorite events to the summer schedule, The Mane Event natural hair show, at the Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ.  Complete your wardrobe of gorgeous cotton batik headwraps from Ghana, perfect for any hair days, “good” or “bad”.  Enjoy an afternoon of natural hair care tips, fun with me and Jacki, my able assistant, other cool vendors and more…

UPDATE!!  This just in – in addition to offering great fabrics all day long, we’ve now been added to the Official line-up!!  Yes, I’ll be on the Main Stage in the late afternoon, to chat with journalist & event co-founder Gilda Rogers, and to share a few wrapping  stylesand other creative fabric ideas, too!  Whether you are a natural hair veteran, new to kinks & coils, or just “natural-curious”, it’s the place to be  — so  come hang out with us!

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Just received a phone call from a newly converted quilter, asking whether our upcoming Summer Stitch-In would be suitable for a beginner.  Well, yes, Jacqueline, the retreat is actually perfect for beginners because you work on your own projects, so there is no pressure to keep pace with others in the class.  We’ll also share tips and I teach short demos so you will learn a lot, and have fun.  Space is still available, and registration ends on June 30 at the $175 price ($195 after June 30 if space is available)

I hope to see Jacqueline, and you, there August 9 – 11, regardless of your skill level.   Check out the DETAILS and register with a friend today!


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BatikShipmentSP14Today’s post is dedicated to my friends at U.S. Customs.  They are a friendly, happy bunch…

This shipment of jacquard batiks just came in (after a paperwork mixup that delayed its arrival for two extra days!) and I’m thrilled to see it here in my office finally!  The colors are gorgeous, and this batch includes a few fabrigasmic patchwork pieces – YES, I said PATCHWORK, as in ALREADY STITCHED, beautifully coordianted juicy little squares of batiks, canustandit???   One of them is shown in the foreground of the photo.  Check them out at our upcoming events.  Until then I’ll be prepping the fabrics for a private group workshop this Saturday, and another next Tuesday.  Swoon… 

If you can’t make an event, shop online for 5-packs of Jacquard Batik Fat Quarters or 60-Pack of 7-inch squares.


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