A phenomenon arising within a cross-section of society is the perception that African Fashion is one and the same as Wax Prints ! This perception couldn’t be further from the truth. Africans created and adorned their bodies with fashion pieces that were unique to their environment and socio-cultural constructs.
Just as different segments of culture (food, music,art etcetera) evolves over time, so does fashion. It should come as no surprise then, that wax prints eventually emerged within the fashion landscape of African communities and shaped the perception of African fashion. Although the attention that African fashion has drawn to the African continent has been positive and welcoming, it is equally important to create an awareness on the versatility of African fashion.
African fashion is not limited to wax prints. Rather, it is made up of different textures, symbols and silhouettes. For instance, the Ashanti’s of Ghana are known as the originators of the kente cloth whereas the Northerners of Ghana are the initiators of the “batakari“.
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