Tuesday, January 30, 2007

African Fashions Making Their Way " Finally "

African Fashions and Designers Win World Acclaim

Africans are painting the world in a kaleidoscope of bold, vibrant color combinations and dazzling patterns. The rich fabrics and virtually unlimited selection of turbans and other festive headgear, bright scarves, colorful wraps, wearable art and elegant gowns that brightened our days and lit up our evenings in Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Guinea and other African destinations, were simply outstanding. What's more, so were the creators. During the past decade as publishers, we've had the privilege of meeting several of the brightest stars in Africa's fashion galaxy, and thanks to the magic of serendipity, more will surely appear in the near future. As I've learned, in many African societies, the choice of colors and textiles has special significance to the wearer. For example, hats often tell stories of everyday life, with its struggles, spiced by uplifting periods of joie de vivre.

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Review: " Finally " is the right word I choose for this posting, and for alot of good reasons.

Everyone believe that Africans should be on the forefront of style, as the some of the social and cultural aspects of traditional America lingers behind the curtain or degree of Americans know it all cultural smugness.

None the less, and with the first attempt, as personally acknowledged by this writer back in 1970, made by designers from Ghana at an exhibit at Howard University indicates other - wise. The central factor is that as a result of free-ing themselves from the European colonnial yoke, many newly emerged African states planned cultural events around the ethnological National '" not Tribal "pride in their peoples traitional folkways of fashion; they made a paticular point of investment " for " with the few dollars they have to budgetted.

What this article is, and I am gald to have found it on the InterNet, is that their are indications that youger Africans, who now have the money, and not some absentee past colonialist, are looking for something different, and at the sametime to show some connection to the fashion cultural " National " traditions.

RK, January 30, 2007

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