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COLOUR OF STYLE: All you need to know about beautiful African prints

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“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Clothing has always been a definitive part of culture. African fabrics typically reflect the traditions, beliefs and cultures of the ethnic groups they originate from (Patrick, 2005).  Women in Kenya traditionally wear brightly colored materials and jewelry, in Southern Africa distinctive shirts are worn, like the long dresses they wear.

Rihanna in African prints

For instance, South Africa is known for the Madiba shirt, whereas, Zimbabwe is known for the safari shirt. Here in ghana we have our native adinkra and kente fabrics which have been very presistent at our traditional ceremonies such as the customary marriage, naming ceremony, funerals and festivals.

88e89248ffb7b6e7d0396597c1b53db3--african-kimono-african-print-jacketWax prints are also used as courting gifts, they’re usually included in a woman’s dowry. The local women traders who distribute the fabrics favored brighter palettes, tighter patterns, and geometric shapes. New patterns were designed to reflect significant events and local proverbs. 

The use of this fabrics for different items have become very prevalent in this era. these beautiful and very colourful prints are been used for bags, amazing summertops,bikinis, bags and even earrings. they sound fascinating isnt it? 

Miss Tina Mensah, Fashion Editor (


Equally interesting is the momentum that the use of African fabrics has gained in Western countries. Currently, however, Western appreciation for such garments has grown, to the extent that such fabrics have even featured in both the London and New York Fashion Weeks. this prints are being rocked by some American famous singers, songwriters, actresses such as Beyoncé, Rhinana ,tracee ellis ross and others.

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