Dimensions: H:61.8" W:21.7" L:0.4" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Batik Fabric - Zimbabwe Batik, also known as Sadza Batik, is a 100% cotton fabric made in Zimbabwe using a porridge-like maize paste. Instead of wax, the Shona people use Sadza, a maize porridge to make this lovely batik fabric. The designs and patterns are hand painted onto the cotton after the porridge has dried and cracked. After that, the fabric is heated several times to allow the painting to adhere before being washed to remove the porridge. The fabric’s eye-catching colors and designs make them an excellent home accessory, and they can be used as Wall Art, table runners, throws or bed covers.
About the Tribe
The Shona ethnic group is indigenous to Southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe, but there are significant Shona populations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. In Zimbabwe, the Shona people make up most of the population. Stone sculpture and mbira music have made them famous around the world (mbira: an instrument made of a hollow gourd with metal reeds that the player plucks). This tribe is believed to be responsible for the construction of several ancient stone wall sites in Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe, an 800-hectare city that flourished between the 11th and 15th centuries AD, was built on the physical foundation of these walls. Great Zimbabwe, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site was a center for trade, and archaeologists have discovered artifacts on site from as far away as China.