Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas attire

When we were kids Christmas would be no Christmas without new clothes, our parents especially our mothers would also buy new clothes for themselves, but now most parents don’t see the need of buying a new clothes for themselves only for the kids.

If I were a mother who still sticks to old tradition of wearing a new outfit during Christmas, I would buy go for excellent African attire, preferably from West Africa to grace this wonderful occasion.

So I took a wild search on the web to see where I can get a good African attire and got these ones

from online fashion show featuring Nigerian fabrics and decided to post it on my African fashion blog.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kenyan Team in our national dress

This is a photo of Kenyan national women's volleyball team heading to Osaka Japan Read more on Nation media sports news

They look beautiful in the Kenyan national dress and in colors of the Kenyan flag.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Senegalese-African styles

3 piece. Kaftan, wrap-skirt and head-tie. Cotton brocade in lime-green color. Matching embroidery.

Senegalese style dress and head-tie in beautiful brocade tie-dyed in green, black and white patterns. Netted embroidery in green color.

Check out prices and more on their website here

Friday, September 14, 2007

Kitenge & Khanga fabric designs

These are some Kitenge fabric designs by Metro Exports

I had a chance to buy similar Kitenge fabrics when I visited Dar es Salaam. They were really cheap and good designs that one could choose from. The best thing about these Kitenge fabrics is that they don’t fade.

They also have some good quality Khangas (Leso), see prints below. They usually print interesting Swahili sayings on the Leso.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Check out this African wedding attire designed by Nigerian fabrics and fashion designers and many more on their online fashion show.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Maasai Traditional Dress

The Maasai tribes in Kenya and East Africa have been wearing their traditional attire for years. Most of them have now changed to wear modern clothes and only don their traditional dress during occasions.

The Maasai traditional attire was for a long time associated with Kenya, some Kenyan beauties participating in World beauty pageants wear the attire. Many people also use it during occasions like graduation, weddings etc.

People came to realize that this was not a Kenyan national dress when a campaign was launched in search of a National dress.

Ugandan Dress

This lady looks beautiful in traditional Ugandan dress.

Kenyan national dress

This is another picture of the Kenyan national dress.

Men dressed in Kenyan national dress

This is a picture of the first ever Kenyan national dress when Kenya's Vice President Moody Awori together with other ministers, took the catwalk to promote Kenya's new image at the Kenya National Theater in 2004.

In 2004

The search for a national dress began early this year, a few months after three Kenyan MPs were barred from entering parliament for wearing brightly-coloured Nigerian robes called Agbadas.

Rules dating back to the colonial era stated that male MPs must wear suits and ties in the chamber.

"This argument that the only dress that can be decent is European dress is to me awfully colonial. And I am not sure that even Europeans would today dare advance such an argument," MP Koigi wa Wamwere said at the time.

Following this dispute, the government joined with the consumer goods company, Unilever Kenya, to set up a "National Dress Design Team".

The team then launched a competition among Kenyan designers to come up with a design for a national dress and asked the public to choose their favourite.

The winning designs were displayed on Kenyan TV. Read more

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

African fashion

For a long time Kenyan’s did not have a national dress (except the Maasai people who wore their red shuka’s and blankets for a long time), a competition was held and fashion designers came up with different designs.

Judges finally agreed on Kenyan’s national dress after many years of wearing different types of fashion from countries in the world.

The National dress is still to be adopted by many because very few wear the dress. Those who do only wear during occasions.

African fashion is unique, they come in all forms of material. Some are plain, flowered and bright.

The one I like most is the Kitenge (flowered cotton). They come in different designs and colors. There are also plain ones light or bright in colour.

My best choice is Nigerian fashion the colors and designs are beautiful. I admire the way Nigerians have worn their national dress for years and improved on the designs.

Other African countries like Uganda have also preserved their national attire for years.

I hope Kenyans will one day adopt their recently acquired national dress.

Above is a picture of Nigerian men Agbada and ladies Wrapset by Nigerian fashion and fabrics online fashion See more
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