African textiles are a celebration of African life and are part of African cultural heritage. They are raw, strong, natural fabrics that mimic the vast earthy lands of their continent. What is also important to know is that the African way of life isn’t only embodied in the fabric’s textures, but rather engrained in the task of their making.
Culturally, the process of weaving should only be performed during daylight hours. This is due to the spiritual and mythical meanings found in the roots of the craft; it is believed that each stage of spinning and weaving thread symbolises human reproduction and resurrection. If the process were to be carried out during nighttime, silence and darkness would be embroidered in the textile, eclipsing the representation of the positive stages of life.
African fabrics are meant to bring joy, as they follow the natural cycles of life, and the sun.