For as long as time itself, Africa has been known to have rich and interesting culture. From beads that adorns the head, wrists, and waists of Africans and earthly fabrics that clothe their backs, Africa is indeed a continent rich in diverse styles.
This last decade was totally off the hook as a whole set of aspiring designers all throughout the African continent began to spring up and rise all through the fashion industry. These amazing talents have widened the horizon of global interest in the African fashion industry. But how and from where did African fashion start? What is its origin?
The most popular fashion fabrics in Africa are mostly from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin Republic. These fabrics were used to create elaborate designs which were a tad bit similar to fabrics from other ancient civilizations. These fabrics include Kente, Ankara, mud cloth, Kuba cloth and so on. These fabrics were used to make several clothing like gowns, skirts, and most especially Boubou. For the men in Western and Sub Sahara Africa, the popular clothing types were the Agbada, Babariga, Danshiki, Leppi and Gandoura.
In the African fashion of today, all you see are prints, pattern and tons of attractive colors.
With all of these exotic designs and more, the African fashion world has aided in redefining the worldwide fashion industry. It has a great and artistic beauty which gives the fashion world a vast appreciation for African fashion. In addition to that, the western world of fashion introduced beading and stoning to the African fashion scene. These talented African designers combined their African styles with these new adornments and the end results were gorgeous fashion pieces.
The African fashion world is still evolving and with its current level and pace of advancement, it will become a force to reckon with in the nearest future, elevating the African fashion scene on the global map.
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