African Fashion Confusion: A Muddy Situation




There are many textiles or fabrics, prints and designs we are sure you have seen and perhaps defined as “African.” As the travel season is among us, and many are placing their culture on display—especially during the World Cup extravaganza—we wanted to ensure that you are fully packed with knowledge.

africa-fashion-week-textiles-mudcloth-adireeA textile we will focus on today is the Mud cloth (bogolanfini). The Mud cloth’s origin is distinctive to the Bamana people of Mali, West Africa. Undergoing a process of stitching (by hand) and resist-dyed, Mud Cloth’s distinctive richness and quality is preserved.

In fashion, you’ll see the fabric woven into loose-fitting tops for men, and feminine-fitted skirts for women.

Seydou Nourou Doumbia, known as Chris Seydou, was a Malian fashion designer known for his use of traditional Malian fabrics, particularly Mud Cloth.

So there you have it our — brief synopsis, our stylish puns, our not-so-hilarious jokes all combined to provide you with a—style bible for international glamour.

Hope we’ve cleaned up any muddied (unclear) thoughts towards Africa’s original textiles.

Any which way, go in style and brilliance.

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