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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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KORHOGO: The Hand Painted Pictorial Cloth, Made In Côte d’Ivoire
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Korhogo is a type of mud cloth that originates from Korhogo in Côte d’Ivoire. Made by the Senufo people, the textile is a hand-woven and hand-spun cotton fabric decorated with hand-painted designs. The captivating symbolism and imagery that’s featured on...
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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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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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HOUSE OF THAIRU: In Conversation With Steve Thairu
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We’re going to be honest with you. After speaking to Steve Thairu we weren’t sure how we would write this article on the House of Thairu. The 22 year old designer is a dreamer with a whimsical outlook on life....
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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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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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LEANDI MULDER DESIGNS: The Art Of Kintsugi Meets Made In South Africa
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Fashion can be a dark industry, riddled with sustainability and ethical issues. A fact that South African fashion designer - Leandi Mulder - became increasingly aware of as a fashion student. It became apparent that the fast fashion model was...
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FS: Laëtitia Kandolo – The UCHALife of This Stylist To The Stars
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Laëtitia ‘Titia’ Kandolo isn’t your average 20-something. She isn’t just a talented stylist and art director, but one that has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s biggest artists to date. Nothing to fancy, just the likes...
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The Culture-Clashing, Pop Art Photography of HASSAN HAJJAJ
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Where does one begin? With a career that spans decades, Moroccan-born photographer – Hassan Hajjaj has had one vibrant career. Dubbed the 'Andy Warhol of Marrakech', Hajjaj has garnered international acclaim thanks to his colourful photographs that embraces juxtaposition. The...
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NAMSA LEUBA: Visualizing African Identity Through Western Eyes
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“There is a great richness in being of mixed cultures.” ~ Namsa Leuba Born in 1982 to a Guinean mother and Swiss father, Namsa Leuba is an African-European who has had exposure to both cultures and histories. However, having grown...
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