Free at last!

Carrying baby on the back using a loincloth is a very common thing in Africa. It is part of our culture. how many pictures, movies or documentary show mothers in Africa walking down the street or Mothers walk down the street and do all their chores with baby on their backs. I’ve learned the trick when I was still a little girl playing with dolls, then mastered it with my nephew, my best friend’s baby and my own few years later.

Matter of fact, I back carried all 3 of my boys and it made my life so much easier. I remember when my oldest boy was 17 months old we were travelling back to the us from a trip back home. After long hours of layover in Casablanca, we both were exhausted and I could not hold his hand while pushing my carry on. Without hesitation, I pulled out my favorite loincloth (it was actually the 1st time I used it outside the home. Less than 3 minutes later, he was on my back and before I realized he was fast asleep. An older lady approached me; apparently, she had been watching us for a little and she was simply amazed at the picture. She wanted to know how I was able to hold him in such a way without him falling. (truth be told, I couldn’t explain. Back carrying had become so natural for me (let me tell you that not all Africans know how to, shocking, right?)  I personally find it simple and convenient. You are totally free to do so much around the house .and baby is just happy to follow you everywhere you go without a sweat.

I understand that not everybody will feel comfortable back carrying despite its numerous benefits. And that’s why Fairyma offers the baby sling as a great alternative.

It’s very practical, easy and quick to install and remove. It must, however, be well adjusted to be comfortable, in particular because of the asymmetry. Simply adjust by pulling or releasing the tail through the rings. The tail gives a very elegant look and, moreover, it can be used as a blanket to protect baby from wind, rain, sun or to breastfeed with discretion!

When you carry your baby, you convey a feeling of well-being, safety, warmth that no cradle or stroller can bring. It is a unique experience that allows him to discover the world in your arms. It helps him feel safe and reassured.

How many times have you witnessed a baby in his stroller crying his lungs out and his parents had to take him out and carry him while pushing the stroller around with that one hand? Well, with the sling you will not hear baby cry because she knows you are right there, she perceives your breathing and the sound of your voice and it’s all calming. Plus, don’t you enjoy walking around both hands free? Leave that stroller in the car, enjoy a walk in the park or around the neighborhood with your original Fairyma African Baby sling.

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African Baby Quilt: Traditional Elegance

The traditional Baoule woven loincloths are one of the most beautiful loincloths of Africa and the designs are very well made. I may be biased (because it’s my people) but I have a strong appreciation for the variety of patterns and colors and especially the techniques used to make these fabrics.

Of course, industrial printed clothes invade the textile market, but these artisan clothes are still present in all the traditional ceremonies in Cote d’Ivoire (weddings, authorities’ inauguration or any other event)

In Baoule culture, this fabric has a great significance and the weavers hold the secret attached to each style. The ones we use the most are the classic ones with cotton patterns but you will find some made of panther-skin called “golikpolo”, although very rare. For a shinier look, others will prefer the ones made with silk thread.

Fairyma “Traditional Elegance” Quilt collection feature the classic handwoven Baoule loincloths from Adjibri, a village few miles away from Tiebissou, Cote d’Ivoire.  They are first woven in narrow strips, then all strips are assembled in one large piece of fabric to form a loincloth (pagne).

Traditional weaving requires great mastery resulting from years of practice. By the way, I had to insert my brother-in-law in this because he tried for a minute and realized that it’s not as easy as it looks. It’s not just beautiful pieces of strip cloth assembled together but it is the story of my people; It represents the long hours of work, the love, the passion and the commitment to preserve this cultural heritage passed down from generation to generation.

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Not a country!

Precious Baby,

I say Africa, you hear ‘Safari, jungle, poverty, famine’. I wear African Fabrics such as Wax, Kente or Dashiki, you see ‘fashion, beauty, colors, rich and unique’.

I have been outraged when people call Africa a country in spite of the 50+ countries and the thousands languages that exist in this large continent.images.png

Then I realized that it’s not by ignorance, it’s not by disdain that they call Africa “one big country”. It’s in fact due to the brotherly love, that feeling you feel when you meet anybody from Africa. Whether they’re from the West, East, South, or Central Africa. The sense of compassion, the friendliness, the selflessness that are symbolic to us is indescribable. It’s hard to understand how people not of the same countries, not speaking the same language, having great culinary, artistic and cultural differences, can not only call each other brothers and sisters but also feel it in their hearts.

Yes, that’s Africa, the continent, yet with a country feeling that captivates you and makes you feel like you belong. The continent that speaks music to your soul, the soul that draws people, the people that have laughter in their hearts, their hearts full of stories: the stories of Africa.

Yes, these stories are told through various means but the one I cherished the most is the prints that we all have come to love and to showcase everywhere in the world. The same “wax, dashiki, kente” fabrics that Fairyma is bringing to you, Precious Baby. With its unique colors and texture, your world will be transformed just like a fairy tale. Now you imagine glitter, you see colors, you feel love, you feel unique. That’s Fairyma, that’s Africa. Welcome!