Amanda Allanson – Lampshade Workshop – Sun 9th Oct 2022 (Afternoon Session)


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Time: 2pm – 5pm Price: £60 per person

Explore making Lamp shades with Amanda Allanson on our brand new lamp making course. You will get to make a 30cm lamp shade with amazing traditional fabrics from Kenya!


Kitenge (pl. vitenge in Swahili language) is an East African, West African and Central African fabric.Kenya, Uganda,Tanzania, Sudan,Nigeria, Cameroon,Ghana, Senegal,Liberia, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo are some of the African countries where kitenge is worn.The kitenges you are seeing come from Kenya and Ghana. The material feature many Kenyan patterns and also from Ghana and surrounding countries. We want you to experience the rich colours and intricate designs of Ghana, in West Africa.Nigeria is another country which has a wonderful kitenge-type fabric called Ankara. This fabric is known all around the world.Kitenges are colourful pieces of fabric / thick cloth that contain a huge variety of colours, patterns and designs.The printing on the cloth is done by a traditional batik technique. These are known as wax prints and the design is equally as bright and detailed on the obverse side of the fabric.Many of the designs have a meaning. A large variety of religious and political designs are found as well as traditional tribal patterns. In the Coastal area of Kenya, and in Tanzania, Kitenges sometimes also have Swahili sayings written on them.The cloth is used as material for dresses, blouses and pants as well. The kitenges can also serve as an inexpensive, informal piece of clothing, similar to a sarong. They are often worn by African women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling.They are sometimes worn by men around the waist in hot weather. In some countries like Malawi, kitenges never used to be worn by men until recently when the president encouraged civil servants to buy Malawian products by wearing a kitenge on Fridays.

Course Booking Terms and Conditions:

Deposits are are non-refundable. Receipt of deposit secures your place. See T & C page for full terms and conditions.