Traditional African tribes and textiles are the oldest fashion houses on the planet. The materials, methods, designs are symbolic representations of historic events, religious, political, and even financial significance. Let's go on a world tour of traditional African fabric that allows you to show cultural pride without compromising on style, ethics, or authenticity.
Traditional FabricS World Tour
Country Cloth (Liberia, Sierra Leone) Country cloth is worn by royalty and was used as currency at one point in west African history. It is a traditionally handspun, hand dyed and hand-woven cotton made in countries like Ivory Coast,Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali.
Famously worn by: Bai Bureh hero in the hut tax war against British colonization.The legend goes the fabric made him bulletproof.
Common Tribes Associated: Krio Tribe
Traditional camo print before army fatigues. Originated in Mali where it is called Bogolan cloth or Bogolanni (bogo, meaning "earth" or "mud"; lan, meaning"with" or "by means of"; and ni, meaning "cloth).
Famously Worn by: Mansa Musa: known as the richest person to ever live.
It’s hard to go to a Fulani and Madingo wedding and not see Leppi. Leppi is localgrown cotton hand dyed using vegetable and mineral based natural dyes. A favorite color, especially among women, is indigo blue. The dark blue color is derived from the dye of the indigo plant.
Counties most commonly worn: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali.
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