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The History Of Asooke : Cloth Weaving In SouthWest Nigeria

Aso-Oke is a short form of Aso Ilu Oke also known as Aso-Ofi meaning clothes from the up-country. It is the traditional wear of the Yoruba’s (the tribe of the southwest people in Nigeria, Africa). (more…)

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Rwanda Bans Importation Of Second-Hand Clothes

Rwanda is a country in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. It is bordered by UgandaTanzaniaBurundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated. (more…)

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Meet The Founder Of Moroksxpressions | Exclusive Interview

MoroksXpressions was born out of Akinyode Moronkeji’s interest in creating durable, high quality, stylish footwear. Trained in the art of shoe making, He creates men’s footwear, using African contemporary fabrics and premium quality leather. (more…)

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Meet The Founder Of Moroksxpressions | Exclusive Interview

MoroksXpressions was born out of Akinyode Moronkeji’s interest in creating durable, high quality, stylish footwear. Trained in the art of shoe making, He creates men’s footwear, using African contemporary fabrics and premium quality leather. (more…)

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The Bellafricana Verified Tribe | Bayo Ademiluyi

Mr Bayo Ademiluyi is a lawyer by profession and Head of Design at Ty-Tys. A company that produces hand-made distinctive neckwear (i.e. ties, bowties), pocket squares, laptop bags, ladies’ tote bags, wall hangings and scarves using traditional African fabrics, predominantly aso-oke. (more…)

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Why Buy Nigerian?

My eaves dropped at dinner last night and I heard someone ask “Why buy Nigerian?” with the main bone of contention being the quality of made in Nigeria products.
If you ask me, (even if you don’t I’d still tell you anyway) the concern of quality particularly is a little bit played out. Nigerians are not only becoming more innovative; most are also paying supreme attention to detail and quality.

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Indigo Dye

Indigo dye was the foundation of numerous textile traditions throughout West Africa. For centuries before the introduction of synthetic dyes the ability to transform everyday white cotton into prized deep blue cloth was a mysterious and highly valuable skill passed on by specialist dyers from generation to generation. From the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara to the grassland kingdoms of Cameroon, indigo cloth signified wealth, abundance and fertility.

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Traditional Igbo Textile | Akwete

Akwete cloth is a unique hand woven fabric of Igbo women of Akwete in Abia State, Nigeria. The fabric was originally referred to as “Akwa Miri” (Cloth of the water) which means towel and mostly weaved by the women on a vertical loom. Akwete cloth weaving is said to be as old as the Igbo nation.

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Meet The Founder Of Ty-Tys | Exclusive Interview

The first time I was opportuned to meet Mr Bayo Ademiluyi (founder of Ty-tys) was at the Chevron (Afro-centric)

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Meet The Founder Of Catyna Designs | Exclusive Interview

I am so excited to introduce this amazing woman to you. She uses Nigerian Adire Indigo fabrics for interior decorations. I met her at a competition for entrepreneurs in 2014. Do you know how cool it is to meet people who are of like minds as you? I bet you don’t! This woman makes me proud to be an entrepreneur. Miss Celestina Utoro (founder of Catyna designs ) is so passionate about her work and she understands the word ‘synergy’.

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