Tuesday, October 25, 2016

African Print Ankara & Kente-The History

A Little Bit of History
You may have heard them referred to as ‘African wax prints’ or ‘tribal’, but what you may not know is that the fabrics are usually neither made in Africa nor designed by Africans. They are actually European-made textiles certain African countries have embraced and made their own.  
Wax Print African Fabrics

Non-African Fashion Designers Use African Prints in Their Designs
Cultural Appropriation?
African inspired fashion is the new rave in the fashion industry, again. This trend infiltrated the mainstream in 2010 and has received a significant presence in the runway at fashion shows all over the world! While Western and other non-African Fashion designers have incorporated African elements in their designs, this trend is identified by the use of African print fabrics, such as Ankara, Kente, and the embodiment of African themes in designer creations.

The Originator(s)! 

Cultural Appropriation?