Fashion

SHWESHWE: The Colourful Cotton Fabric, Made In South Africa
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Shweshwe, also known as isishweshwe and shoeshoe, is a cotton fabric that comes in a variety of hues and intricate print designs. It was originally dyed indigo, which is why its formal name is ‘Indigo-dyed discharge printed fabric’. Printed on...
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CAPULANA: The Versatile Textile From Mozambique
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It’s known as the Kanga in Tanzania and Kenya, Pagne in Senegal and Congo, Lappa in Nigeria, and the Leso in Mombasa. But in Mozambique, it’s referred to as Capulana. Considered a traditional fabric, the Capulana is a vibrant cotton...
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ADIRE: The Blue Blood Tie-Dye Textile, Made In Nigeria
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Adire is a traditional textile craft made and worn by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Derived from the Yoruba words, adi (to tie) and re (to dye), Adire means tie and dye. The original versions were indigo-dyed and decorated with...
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ABOMEY APPLIQUÉ: Remnants Of A Fallen Kingdom, Made In Benin
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Abomey appliqué are animated woven cloths from present-day Benin. In ‘African Textiles’, written by John Picton and John Mack, Appliqué is a word used to define ‘the process of adding further materials to an already-woven textile’. The craft was created...
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AKWETE: Igbo Traditional Textile, Made In Nigeria 
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In August 2018, a rather spirited dancer - also known as British Prime Minister Theresa May - wore a custom-made Akwete jacket by Emmy Kasbit. The Akwete cloth is a hand-woven fabric from the Akwete area, near Aba in Abia...
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KANGA: The Talking Cloth Of The East African Coast
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If you live in Tanzania or Kenya, the kanga (also known as leso) has always been a component in your life. It’s incorporated in massive life events such as birth, matrimonial and burial ceremonies.  You’ve probably used it in interior...
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BARKCLOTH: A UNESCO World Heritage, Made In Uganda
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Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” We saw this with the Bògòlanfini (Mud Cloth) from Mali and it’s ubiquitous with the barkcloth of Uganda. Locally known as Olubugo, the ancient craft comes from the Baganda people of...
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BÒGÒLANFINI: Mali Mud Cloth
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You know it. Your pinterest décor board loves it. It’s the Mali mud cloth. Aka Bògòlanfini. Aka the only time your mother will ever permit the presence of mud on your clothing. [Image: Earth Africa Curio]   Made by the...
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KENTE: The Handwoven Cloth With Royalty In Its DNA, Made In Ghana
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Kente is one of the most recognisable fabrics under the African textiles umbrella. Adopted as a key symbol of Afrocentric identity and Pan-Africanism in the 1960s throughout the African diaspora, it was declared Ghana’s national cloth upon attaining independence in...
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Editor’s Note – The Textile Series #tdsvoices
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Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to the end of the year. I can’t believe that we will be saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year let alone getting used to writing 2019 very soon. Until then though, we have 2...
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Lilabare
LILABARE: Redefining The ‘Dream Wardrobe’ Concept
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Lilabare (laila-bare) is a Made in Kenya fashion brand that wants you to rethink your wardrobe goals. Founded by Ria Ana Sejpal in 2017, the brand produces clothing and jewellery with sustainability at the heart of their modus operandi. ‘Whether...
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10 Questions With ZarAzra Founder and Fashion Designer, Azra Walji
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Azra Walji is no stranger to the Kenyan fashion scene. You may know her best from winning the Heineken African Fashion Challenge in 2017, which was closely followed by a show case in Lagos Fashion And Design Week 2017. However,...
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SUED
Get SUED: African Timing with SUED Watches, Made In Kenya
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SUED is a Kenyan watch brand that wants you to keep time in the most African way. You must be wondering, ‘isn’t African Timer used to describe an individual who never keeps time?’ Sue Mueni, founder of SUED, took a...
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OCELL LUXURY: The Artistry Of Inclusive, Limited Edition Fashion
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Ocell Luxury thrives on exclusivity. Founded in 2015, Pooja Joshi envisioned a brand that would make one-of-a-kind accessories for men and women. Pieces that would disclose enthralling facets of the wearer’s personality. Be it via an open bold gesture or...
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