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Kwanzaa Gift Ideas with African Fabrics

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Kwanzaa is a unique holiday that is celebrated in many cultures worldwide for 7 days beginning on December 26th. While it was created in America as the first specifically African-American holiday, it has made a huge impact on the continent of Africa.

Kwanzaa has 7 core principles, known as the Nguzo Saba. These core principles celebrate family and community and make Kwanzaa a perfect occasion for giving gifts.

No matter if you buy or make your Kwanzaa gift, the act of exchange is what is important. Sharing gifts, especially and particularly with children, is one of the traditions of Kwanzaa.

Creativity is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, so you may want to consider making a personalized gift for the person you love this year. Read on for some great Kwanzaa gift ideas.

Kuumba (Creativity)

The sixth core principle of Kwanzaa is Kuumba. This principle is the commitment to being creative with the purpose of leaving the community more beneficial and beautiful than we inherited it. It has both social and spiritual impact, which is deeply rooted in the sacred teachings of African societies.

The principle of Kuumba is the reason why many people choose to make a gift when it comes to Kwanzaa. It not only puts a personal touch on it, it also allows the gift giver to exercise their creative spirit.

Kwanzaa Gift Ideas

Handcrafting your Kwanzaa gift is a great way to show that special someone that you took extra time and care. Even if you don't consider yourself the craftiest of people, you would be surprised at how easy many of these gifts are to put together.

Here are some ideas:

Kinara (Candle Holder)

Candles hold great significance at Kwanzaa. There are 7 total candles and each candle represents each of the 7 core principles. Those principles are unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, work and responsibility, purpose, creativity, and faith.

A wooden DIY candle holder is a great gift. Not only is it symbolic, but it is also practical since you know that it will be used over the holidays. Using reclaimed wood to make a beautiful candle holder is a great idea for Kwanzaa.

Quilt or Tapestry

A quilt or tapestry may take a little longer to make, but it's well worth the effort. Quilts and tapestry are personable and touching since they usually depicts a story and tell many tales through pictures and art.

A great idea is to use unique African print fabrics. You can choose prints that speak to you or the person receiving the gift and stitch pieces together to create a cohesive gift. It'll look beautiful as a bedspread or hung on a wall.

African Dolls

Another great way to use African fabrics is to use them to make an African doll. While this may seem complicated, the special little girl in your life will surely appreciate it.

The best thing about it is that you can customize the dolls to their liking. Maybe you can even make a couple of extra outfits so that the clothing is interchangeable. This gift is a great way to showcase native African fabrics and patterns.

Ready for Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is a beautiful holiday that brings families and communities all over the world together. The generosity of spirit is what Kwanzaa embodies.

Making a handcrafted gift is the best way to show your love and appreciation to the special people in your life. Using African fabrics are also a great idea to expose younger family members to African culture and art.

Check us out for more information on African prints and textiles.

With 20 years of experience in the African fabrics market, AKN Fabrics guarantees you the best product, selection, price and overall service. We are specialists in the finest fabrics from Holland, London, African Gambia, West Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and India. We specialize in Jacquards, hand embroidery, silks, seersuckers, cottons, quilting fabrics various other West African fabrics.


 

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