African Fashion is part of African’s Heritage
Africa prides itself in its fashion as part of its cultural heritage. The African fashion narrative can be seen from the historic cultural reference points and re-interpreting it into a contemporary fashion.
Artisans have since proved to be the key preservation of these historical cultural reference points because they are the unsung heroes working behind the scenes, weaving into relevance ancient cultures, conserving traditional knowledge.
Every culture within Africa have traditional craft knowledge passed down from fore-fathers to the present generation. For instance, in the Eastern part of Nigeria, it is Akwete, a unique handwoven textile made out of sisal-hemp, raffia and spun cotton. In Ghana, it is Kente, a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips. In Kenya, it is the beadwork of the Maasai women, and the list goes on.
Be it as it may, this passed-down heritage has helped in preserving the culture of every region in Africa, and has created a source of income to the less privileged artisans. Today, we appreciate the African fashion because it is our heritage passed down from generation to generation, and it reminds us of who we are, and where we come from.