I once wrote an article about African prints, where I pointed out the different types of African made fabrics that existed. Not just the imported prints a lot of people refer to as African prints , which I just prefer to call African inspired prints.
In case you are just joining me for the first time on this topic let me just name a few of the African fabrics that exist :batiks, tie and dye, kente, Adire , Bogolanfini, Indigo etc…These are fabrics that tell the African story, they take us back to our roots as Africans no matter where we are. Although African fashion is growing rapidly, its also becoming more and more evolutionized. Here, we take look at four fashion brands in Ghana that stand out for incorporating these textiles to their collections.
Although based in LA as well as Ghana , they apply the traditional techniques of dyeing and weaving textiles.Osei Duro uses the Indigo textiles which is the art of dyeing cloths obtained from local plant sources, either indigofera or lonchocarpus cyanescans, but interestingly, they dye the yarns instead before weaving to create the outcome we see today.They also collaborate with hand batikers to create unique styles from the process of using hot wax and dipping into a cold dye bath.
Who would imagine tight woven cloths like the Gonja, Batakari or Aso oke could create very stylish outfits? Well Raffia has turned that imagination to a dream come true. They have a range of neatly made A Line Skirts, pencil skirts, as well as tops like; jackets, crop tops and bandeaus. They also mix this fabric with others to create all kinds of feminine outfits.
STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (headquartered in Ghana, West Africa and USA) which has been known for maximizing social impacts to the society and creating a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired contents. In this case clothing, Studio 189 creates a variety of clothing types as well as accessories with inspiration from different cultures and arts such as : jumpsuits, top, trousers, tops, kimonos etc using the Indigo fabrics, hand made batiks, and kente ( hand woven) fabrics.