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African Pattern Pack: Nine patterns inspired by African textiles

by sionelle Posted 18th Feb 2012 at 5:19 AM - Updated 19th Feb 2012 at 12:47 PM by sionelle : Added smaller version of patterns in response to a request
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I don't know if anyone else will have a use for these, but one of the things I love to see when I travel in Africa is the incredible variety of different fabrics, and it seemed like some of the patterns would translate well to the Sims. The motifs in the larger version of the set are quite bold/large in order to keep them in scale on clothing, so while they work well on rugs, etc, they don't always work well on couches and the like. That said, I think some of them are quite nice for the general look, and I think they look good in both the standard bright colors and some less saturated combinations for different types of decor.



NOTE: There is now a second package with SMALL versions of the patterns (half size from the original.) The smaller size is more appropriate for things like bedspreads and furniture. Thanks to QBUILDERZ for suggesting that I add a small version.



The preset colors for the small version are the same as for the larger versions. The only change to any of the patterns (other than size) was to re-draw the safari pattern with the elephants and giraffes -- if I tried to just reduce it, I ended up with all kinds of ugly pixellated artefacts in the design. So that one may be slightly different than the larger version, but not much.

There are nine patterns in the set. They'll appear in the 'Fabrics' section of the catalog, and all of them have four channels for your CASting pleasure.

I realize there are many, many more types of textiles in Africa, and I realize these are not 100% authentic. I wish I had the time and ability to do justice to all the beautiful real-life designs. But I wanted to create something inspired by the wax cloth looks of the West African countries where I primarily travel, as well as couple of "safari" type designs for a more "themed" look.

Hope at least one other person finds them useful!

Additional Credits:
Created with Delphy's Pattern Packager. CC in the screenshots includes: EA Store hair "Modern Braids," EA store hair "Silk Wrap," EA Store dress "Beautiful Blossom" and walls by Luna Sims. Designed with basic Photoshop brushes and a couple of extras from brusheezy.com.

In-Game Category: Fabric

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sionelle_AfricanPatternPack_SMALL.rar

Size: 477.9 KB · Downloads: 3,352 · 19th Feb 2012
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Sionelle_AfricanPatternPack.rar

Size: 822.4 KB · Downloads: 5,033 · 18th Feb 2012
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19 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
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Inventor
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#2 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 6:01 AM
I like these. Very nice. Thanks.
The other one
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#3 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 8:05 AM
Awesome! I love your little African street scene, really shows the patterns off
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 8:38 AM
Wonderful! Not only will my regular sims adore their new clothes, but most of these will also work very well with the aliens.
Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 12:18 PM
More patterns=more fun! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 2:44 PM
Very cool! Where I'm from wax fabric is referred to as 'ankara'. So happy to have these in my game.
mature minion
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#7 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 6:42 PM
I had been looking for something "exactly" like these! Thank you so much :D

*runs off to maniacally re-wallpaper large swathes of house*
Lab Assistant
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#8 Old 18th Feb 2012 at 9:15 PM
Beautiful and very useful.......can't download these fast enough!! Thank you so much!!
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 19th Feb 2012 at 2:00 AM
I like how these are NOT your "typical" African patterns. thank you for your creativity.
It looks especially good on clothing. Kudos!
Captain Louie
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#10 Old 19th Feb 2012 at 5:57 AM
These are some of the best patterns I have ever seen; I love them!

Would you, however, be willing to maybe upload a smaller version as well for furniture? I am preeeety much just a builder and I would love to be able to put these on bed spreads, couches, etc. to make a nice theme! It is totally optional, but I really think it would bring the set up a step :D

Thanks again!

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#11 Old 19th Feb 2012 at 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by QBUILDERZ
These are some of the best patterns I have ever seen; I love them!

Would you, however, be willing to maybe upload a smaller version as well for furniture? I am preeeety much just a builder and I would love to be able to put these on bed spreads, couches, etc. to make a nice theme! It is totally optional, but I really think it would bring the set up a step :D

Thanks again!


Done! Added an image to the overview showing the smaller versions on bedspreads to give an idea of scale.

I had to re-draw one of the patterns from scratch to get rid of some problems that came from reducing it, but you shouldn't be able to tell it's different, if you are trying to coordinate. Otherwise everything in the second package is a shrunken-down version of the first.

The new attachment is not yet showing up on the download page, but it should be there shortly.

Thanks for suggesting the idea, and glad you like the patterns. I'd love to see how you use them, if you upload anything with them in it!
Captain Louie
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#12 Old 19th Feb 2012 at 4:00 PM
Brilliant! Thank you so much! These are going right into my game :D
Rabid Recoloring Renegade
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#13 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 3:44 PM
Gorgeous patterns! Thanks for making and for sharing :-)
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 5:31 PM
these patterns are gorgeous, vibrant and unique! thank you!!!!
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#15 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 6:23 PM
These are beautiful!
Test Subject
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#16 Old 28th Feb 2012 at 8:45 PM
lovely. thank you
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 15th Apr 2012 at 1:23 AM
These are beautiful! Now I have to make a world based in Africa...
Field Researcher
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#18 Old 6th May 2012 at 6:17 AM
I LOVE African art and designs! Thank you so much for these!
Test Subject
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#19 Old 6th May 2012 at 9:46 PM
Beautiful patterns -- thank you for sharing them!
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 2nd May 2013 at 11:49 PM
Love the patterns! They look like fun. Thanks! [: