When Cultures Collide

“It is about finding a third aesthetic. Telling a familiar story a different way. The end result? It’s about hope, and it’s about the future.” Serge Mouangue

In researching wax print, and the way in which people use it, apart from traditional attire, I came across some interesting cultural cross-overs. Interestingly, many of them are African/Asian inspired. Inspired in Indonesia, manufactured in the Netherlands, worn in Africa and beyond — this iconic African fabric truly has cross cultural appeal.

1. The Kimono

“…brainchild of Serge Mouangue, a Tokyo-based concept- car designer for Nissan, who joined forces with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker, to produce the traditional Japanese attire in 18 African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.”


Serge Mouange’s African Kimono https://www.pinterest.com/pin/184929128424798382/

2. The Fan

Popular as accessories to match the bridal party.


3. The Obi Sash

Traditionally used with the Japanese Kimono and martial arts gear, now in wax print.


4. Screen

I’m not sure this design ‘belongs’ to any one culture, but it certainly is a fresh use of African print.


5. The House Slipper

I came across this delightful remix of the Japanese house slipper, from Heiwa Slipper shop based in Tokyo.

The African/Asian House Slipper www.heiwaslipper.com
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