THE CHICK CHOICE AND AFRICAN FABRIC DESIGN
AFRICAN FABRIC AS YOU KNOW IT
African fabric also known as Ankara print or the Aso-ebi junkie, which used to be seen as a traditional fabric used for making traditional attire, has in recent times turned out to be, most of the chick choice. It is made of dux wax print. its production methods include: woven, dyed, embroiled and printed. This old fashioned fabric has over five years caught the interest of even the white.
THE CHICK CHOICE AND FABRICS
When it comes to selection of fabric, ladies are usually so cautious. They go out of their way to get the best. Some would say ‘the quality of material is the classicality of design and the beauty on the body’.
A friend of mine who is a fashion designer said ‘it is extremely baffling how girls demand for ankara made wears. It seems like the English fabric would soon go on extinct’.
I was with a friend sometime ago and a lady passed by dressed in an ankara fabric design popularly known as ‘kirikiri star’ she used it to make her purse and accessories. It was so colourful that she attracted those around. other design of the ankara print had also taken over the fabrics market and is attracting foreign investors.
The classy chick, would rather go for the ankara dress when selecting a dress for an occasion. Presently,there are even designs for cooperate English dresses using this fabric.
THE MERIT OF USING ANAKRA FOR DESIGNING
It is so obvious that the african fabric has turned out to be trendy. The reasons behind this are;
CREATIVITY: This fabric has given room for creative works. one can select colour, shape and size and get desired result. shoes bags and accessories are now designed with this fabric . It is so amazing that the sits in your sitting room, your umbrellas, hand fans, book could be made with this African fabric. Just name anything that could be produced with cotton material and this colourful fabric is at your door step.
Hardly would you see “same fabric, same design” except in occasional cases like the aso-ebi and this is usually intentional. The African fabric has also gained recognition and is now, displayed on the run-way because of its uniqueness. I would rather go for a dress so special when selecting one for my outing, than that which am not even sure whether the next person by my side would be putting on.
PROMOTING THE AFRICAN CULTURE:
There is no need looking for a sardine for your bread when you have a river at the back of your house. since this is ours there is every need to be proud of it and in so doing, we make our culture stand out. The more we use it, the better use of it we make
DEMERIT OF DESIGNING USING AFRICAN FABRICS
Not withstanding all good things said about designing with African fabrics, its demerit still stands with it: it is time consuming and hectic getting desired materials and then designing. most times it is way much expensive put together. Some ladies would prefer going to the boutique to pick up a dress rather than going through long processes. chizzy, one of my course mate said ‘wearing a dress designed with ankara is like forcing yourself into it’. some see it as discomforting.
I would say, since African fabric is a way of maintaining our culture, then let’s rock it.