This is another one of the shirts that was up for a vote a few weeks ago on my Facebook page.
I wanted to learn more about Bob’s song, Zimbabwe, which is what is quoted on this shirt. Here’s what I found, from BobMarley.com –
In April 1980 Bob and the Wailers performed at Zimbabwe’s official Independence Ceremony at the invitation of the country’s newly elected president Robert Mugabe. This profound honor reconfirmed the importance of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ throughout the African Diaspora and reggae’s significance as a unifying and liberating force.
Unbeknownst to the band, the Zimbabwe Independence concert was solely for a select group of media and political dignitaries. As Bob Marley and The Wailers started their set, pandemonium ensued among the enormous crowd gathered outside the entrance to the Rufaro Sports Stadium: the gates broke apart as Zimbabweans surged forward to see the musicians who inspired their liberation struggle. Clouds of teargas drifted into the stadium; the Wailers were overcome with fumes and left the stage. The I-Threes returned to their hotel but Bob Marley went back onstage and performed “Zimbabwe”. The following evening, Bob Marley and the Wailers returned to Rufaro Stadium and put on a free show for a crowd of nearly 80,000. (source)
Inspiring. That is all I can say!
Because of the large print on the front of the shirt, I decided a tote would be the best shape for this one. Here are the pieces:
I found a nice neutral gray material to use on the inside – a leftover from who-knows-what and who-knows-when
Here’s the completed tote!
The straps are unlined and the edges are nice and raw so they’ll curl up a bit. This would be perfect for taking a magazine and sunscreen to the beach, or for grabbing a couple things at the market.
Next week, I’ll be using the rest of the red tshirt material on another project…mostly because I’m lazy and I don’t like having to change the thread in my machine all the time. Ha!