More than just a pretty pattern: African textiles in motion
If you took your kids to see THE LION KING, you will certainly remember the phrase Hakuna Matata meaning, basically, “don’t worry, be happy”. Well, one of the things that makes me happy is color. I can’t live without it. And, judging from their fabrics, it seems as if many African ethnic groups need color, too.
African Art, Modern and Traditional: Seductive Patterns From a Rich Palette
The Hausa, the largest ethnic group in west Africa, have intermingled with other cultures giving inspiration to incredible decor for traditional garments.
Yoruba (Nigeria), Man’s shirt (gbariye) and pants (sokoto).
Related: Hausa/Fulani Blanket Khasa, Wool Handspun African Textile + #71 “African Fabrics”: The History of Dutch Wax Prints–Guest Blog by Eccentric Yoruba + Christopher and Nora Leonard Roy Collection of West African Textiles + The Curious History of “Tribal” Prints.
Junya Watanabe jeans skirt with African fabric inset