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SA textile union welcomes H&M deal with SA designer

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) has welcomed the announcement today by Swedish

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Why Naomi Campbell believes Africa should guard its fashion and fabrics jealously

Africa should guard its fashion and fabrics jealously to stop the western world coming in and making a fortune from

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CBN To Set To Revive Nigeria's Textile Industry

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced plans to revive Nigeria’s textile industry, unveiling measures that

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Cultural Appropriation: Should Western Brands Use African Prints?

What is Cultural Appropriation?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things

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Maison Loulabelle Debuts It's Metamorphosis Collection At The London Kids Fashion Week 2019

Maison loulabelle always has something up their sleeves to keep us wanting more! The amazing Afrocentric kids

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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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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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