BRIEF HISTORY OF WEST AFRICAN FABRICS!
As we all know that FTN is focused on delivering undistorted truth, viable and reliable information for our visitors so we went further to research on this topic before bringing you this subject but we will do a justice to bring it in summary because the history of African fabrics goes way before the 5,000 Bc.
CLAIMS ON WEST AFRICAN FABRICS – Distorted!
Some writers claims ‘African Fabrics” evolved from the Indonesian Batik in the 19th century then when Indonesia was a Dutch occupied colony, as the local people made created patterns on cotton with dye and base colors while some claims the African motherland had only run around naked or won leaves before the entry of this Indonesian Batik African fabric messiah.
WEST AFRICAN FABRICS – LIES BELIEVED TO BE TRUTH UNFORTUNATELY!
To crown their distorted truth on the subject, Two credible and good named well known medias BBC recently ran a article on their supposed perception of the origin of African print VLISCO and African textile as actually being European origin because the Dutch textile company VLISCO with presence in Togo since 1846, indirectly having audience on the notion that African people and their noble Kings and royal families and officers all wore nothing or leaves before the arrival of the African Fabric messiah. And NY Times noted The New York Times African fabrics are completely a Dutch invention in Africa as well.
TRUE HISTORY OF AFRICAN FABRICS!
As I noted earlier, West African and African Fabric industry comes from olden days which dated back 5,000BC during the time the Ancient Egyptians were cultivating flax and weaving linen. In 12th dynasty image found on the tomb of Khnumhotep according to Wikipedia showing weavers using horizontal looms in ca 2400BC.
It is vital to note, before the entry of VLISCO in Togo West Africa in 1846, Africa as a whole had a rich flourishing textile industry as noted by story of Kankan Moussa delegation to Islam Pilgrimage to Mecca who ruled Mali from c. 1280 – c.1337. He went on this Mecca Pilgrimage with 80,000 of his men and officials and over 12,000 slave servants and all dressed and clothed cotton woven threads of course in 1300s not after 1846. (Musa I (c. 1280 – c. 1337) or Mansa Musa. For more details on his conquest visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali
Indeed no one could be most qualified to tell your true story or history if not you hence it’s been a tradition for people to give panelbeated story to favor and or crash-land whom they favors, indeed Africans has been on clothing traditions since 800s. Dutch Hollandaise Wax was never the first entry nor first existence of African fabrics but a complementary, how could it have found heart to succeed in the West African market then in 1846 if the people and noble of West Africans and Africa as a whole had never seen nor used to fabrics? West Africans, had their Bogolan from a long tradition of weavers in Mali, and their neighboring brother with their Kente cloth of Ghana.
CURRENT FASHION TRENDS – WITH WEST AFRICAN FABRICS!
West African Fabrics popularly used as ‘wrapper’ is normally first point of contact when you visit West Africa as 95 out of 100 men and women are adorned on this beautiful print either as a wrapper or as design fabric for whatever styles they desired. A well known fact in West Africa is that when a woman gives birth either at the hospital or at home, on exit of the baby he/she is wrapped on a wrapper their having a first feel of this beautiful fabric, so for all Africans -African fabrics has a symbolic meaning to them.
ROLE OF WEST AFRICAN FABRICS IN PRESENT DAY FASHION WORLD!
No doubt African fabrics have gained world acceptance especially on trendy classy styles domain and styles made of African fabrics are patronized by people who are stylish for either purposes ranging from weddings, work clothes, official gatherings, events and special classy occasions. These clothes made of African fabrics are currently in great demands worldwide mainly because people connect with it’s cultural and historic embodiments, it more valuable, high quality and extremely beautified. It is very durable and admired by everyone even no Africans.
VARIOUS USES OF AFRICAN FABRICS!
African Fabrics could be used for various things ranging from fashion designing, furnishing of homes, furniture, beddings and even on automobiles.
On Fashions: African Fabrics is unique and comes out classy when used to make various fashion designers for both men, women and children. It has no segmentation barrier, and this is the beauty of it, as some well talented African designers has taken it a way further by creating beautiful handbags and shoes to match with the actual clothing designs of the wearer as shown on the picture above.
On Home Decorations: African Fabrics is no stranger to home decoration from way back when it was used for curtaining and lapping of inside round of the walls and building designers and artisans has not let go of this tradition as they have now used them to make beautiful home picture frames to hanging on walls.
On Furnitures & Beddings: Home furniture and beddings has also had and still have its own share of the uses of this beautiful many at times colorful African fabrics being used to create masterpiece furniture and beddings.
Generally, no one would go wrong on the use of African Fabrics for whatever purposes as above mentioned with the most popular use for fashion designs – The world has largely accepted African Fashions as the ‘NEW DOMINATING THING’ in the Fashion World. That is a great switch for the whole globe not limited to Africans and Africa alone as it now gives the bold among them the privilege to explore the rich beauty and durability of the African Fabric.
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