One of my most recent projects was to design both fabric and garment with an Adinkra influence. The Adinkra is a hand-printed cloth created by the Ashanti in Ghana, Africa. The Adinkra cloths were traditionally made for royalty and religious purposes. The motifs in the cloth communicate meaning. Most of the cloth is white with a black print, but red cloth can also be used.
I have a lot of images of Adinkra textiles on my Pinterest page which can be found here on my African Textile page.
I decided to design an original print in the Adinkra style using black motifs from their alphabet.
I created the design in Illustrator and tried two options, black/red on white and brown on gold.
Then, an upload to Spoonflower.. and wait for the fabric to arrive.
Meanwhile, on to Garment Designer to create the sewing pattern. I am a fan of asymmetry, and thus chose to create a two-piece dress with a slightly raised waistline that runs on an angle.
I added a pocket as you can see below.
And, the final dress.
Here are a few references should you want to learn more about Adinkra cloth.
Here are a few resources