Combining hand‐dyed African textiles with up-cycled burlap sacks, the Middle Passage Collection pulls inspiration from our African and southern agricultural journeys, exemplifying the hottest in eco-ethnic fashion. The product pays tribute to the memory and endurance of our ancestors who made the journey and to those who were left behind to work the land.
Products come in blue, purple, and red.
This year’s Georgia Garden Collection celebrates the
vibrant colors of West Africa embodying indigenous patterns of
tribal artisans symbolizing earth providence, power, wealth,
humility, strength, wisdom and learning.
The African Garden line of the Georgia Garden Collection is crafted solely from
vibrantly colored motifs, hand-dyed by our artisan sisters of the Baba Blankets
Collective, Ghana and canvas lined. Products come in red, blue,
gold and purple.
Our New Wisdom Collection
Our new Wisdom Collection features fabric designed by The Gourd Master Sam X: Born in Sylvester, GA, USA, The Gourd Sam X is an American contemporary artist. His fabric designs created especially with Southern Journeys in mind, bring each piece to life with their own soul and energy. These original fabrics are consistently elegant, playful and daring. We love them and so will you!
Untouchable cargo bag, zip clutches & eyeglass case
Tribal Tree totes with cargo bag, zip clutches & eyeglass case
Sacred Colorer cargo bag, zip clutches & eyeglass case
Cargo bag, eye glass case and zip clutches
Wisdom tote with zip clutches and eyeglass case
Blues and Jazz Remix
Denim is an icon of working class America. We created the
Delta Blues Collection from upcycled denim to symbolize the power of hard work
and the potential for all communities to advance through ingenuity and
cooperation. The blues and jazz “remix”
metaphor symbolizes our creativity as a people and the power of unrelenting improvisation and innovation.
Crafted entirely from upcycled denim, the Delta Blues Remix
collection consists of unique accessories for your home and wardrobe.
Heritage Collection Remix
The history of quilting is a constant dance between
repetition and innovation. Each time a pattern was passed on to a new
artisan, its new keeper would bring to it his or her own creativity. With each new iteration, patterns acquire new meaning and greater depth. Our
Heritage Collections crafted from upcycled shirts, ties and pants are a
continuation of these traditions.
Wheel of Freedom (WOF) Remix (first two pictures)
During the days of the Underground Railroad our ancestors
used the Wheel of Freedom as a secret symbol – a message to our enslaved
ancestors to start packing for the Journey North. We see our remix
as a tribute to all those who took that journey and to those they left behind.
Jacob’s Ladder L Remix (last three pictures)
Inspired by the biblical reference, the Jacob’s Ladder
pattern is sometimes referred to as the Underground Railroad – a tribute to the
movement that carried slaves from the South into freedom.
Our Remix of this classic pattern incorporates upcycled
denim to create a simple, modern tote that resonates with the stories of our
past. No two are alike.
The only marsupial in North American, opossum are one of the most adaptable creatures in the southern United States. This adorable children’s toy hand sewn from recycled eco-fabrics and Fair Trade Fair African textiles celebrates their tenacity and their mothering spirit.
Quilts are available upon request.
A Short History of African American Quilting:
African American quilting and piece sewing can
be traced back to the cultural symbolism and textile design traditions of
West Africa. Weaving was originally practiced by men, but
when our ancestors were trafficked to the United States, labor was divided
according to Western patriarchal standards. Women took up the mantle of
quilting. They adapted African patterns and techniques, and incorporated
diverse traditions from the country they now found themselves in.
The result was a style distinct to our people and our culture.
During slavery and the civil war, African
Americans used quilting to communicate message and escape routes along the
Underground Railroad running. After
emancipation, Black Americans continued to use quilting and textile crafts as
both a means of cultural expression and a source of income. Our mothers and grandmothers turned their
scrap materials into expressive household and clothing items.
Today’s eco-friendly waste-free trends of
revamping wardrobe items into unique personal fashion statements are actually
inspired by piece sewing styles rooted in the ingenuity of eras past.
Southern Journeys is proud to continue these
traditions. And by incorporating Fair Trade textiles from our sisters in
West Africa, we are using craft and commerce to build community and improve
lives both here and abroad. We are honored to share this heritage with you.