Design your own fabric

Wax print celebrating Madiba

Wax print celebrating Madiba

Why do you think people wear commemorative cloths like the one above? Did you know that these famous style of colourful African wax prints were originally made by the Dutch, using a technique borrowed from Indonesian batik? To make the story even more interesting, nowadays they’re very fashionable on the catwalks of Paris and many of them are imported from China.

Prints on the catwalk

Prints on the catwalk

This project gives you a chance to practice loops by using functions. You will be making your own commemorative cloth like these two below:

Pattern created with Processing

Pattern created with Processing

You will need to do some planning before you can design your cloth. It’s going to be quite a bit of work, so make sure that you are using the cloth to say something that means a lot to you.

  • What mood do you want to create?
  • Pick three colours for your cloth which express this mood and write down their RGB  values.
  • What slogan will you use at the top of your cloth? Write it down.
  • Think about who you would like to feature on your cloth, and use Google images to find pictures of them.
  • It needs to be a reasonably large picture, but not too large, or you should scale it down to about 400 pixels for a large image and 200 pixels for the smaller ones.
  • What caption will you provide for the image, above the face of the main person on your cloth? Write it down.
  • Use Gimp or another image editor to save the image in grayscale (Colors>Desaturate)
  • In Gimp use the circle tool to select the face of the people you want in your image and Edit> Paste as> New image.
  • Export the image into the data folder of your sketch.

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