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Preserving every ounce of one’s African-ness is a duty several expats have taken on. For many, wearing “African” wax print is a means to not only affirm but also reinstate their identity in foreign lands. For others belonging to the Old African diaspora, flaunting a Kente head wrap or strutting a fabulous ankara (commonly called in Nigeria) maxi skirt becomes a means of identifying with Africa. However, the authenticity of our beloved “African” fabric comes into scrutiny when discussing the historical origins and commercialization of these products. During the 1800s Indonesians used a wax resisting dyeing technique for pattern making...

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As a safari hot-spot and area of breath-taking natural beauty, Zambia is perhaps overlooked when it comes to cultural heritage and the arts. But the country produces some of Eastern Africa’s most stunning textiles, leathers, art and crafts. Handmade by skilled artisans in rural areas and sold in the capital of Lusaka, Zambia’s traditional design demonstrates the richness the of nation’s culture. Here are ten places to buy Zambian products in-country. Tribal Textiles  Tribal Textiles Situated next door to Zambia’s celebrated South Luangwa National Park, Tribal Textiles has an enviable reputation for innovative textile design and contemporary home furnishings. Established...

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Fashion design in East Africa is flourishing: low start-up costs and demand for high-quality garments has meant that new designers are creating successful brands which hare attracting international attention. Labels have also benefited from the development of institutions such as FAFA and Africa Fashion Week, which have provided designers with the necessary platform to exhibit their work and gain vital media coverage. We discover more about the East African designers who are about to break into the mainstream. Courtesy of millecollines millecollines Rwandan fashion label millecollines is truly helping contemporary African design to cross continents. Founded by Spanish designers Marc...

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