One of my fondest memories growing up is my mom and dad dressing up in traditional garments, gele, agbada, the whole nine! It was really fun to see growing up. I pretty much thought I would become an adult and have a closet full of agbadas and just go to different parties every other weekend until 2-3 in the morning.
Well fortunately or maybe unfortunately that isn’t my reality. Well I always loved Ankara fabrics or African prints and couldn’t wait to get my own garments. It wasn’t until college that I watched a documentary on Yinka Shonibare, the juxtapose position of British history and the origins of Ankara prints. According to the documentary Ankara prints were first made for the Philippines, the people didn’t like the fabrics and the fabrics were then brought to West Africa where they were accepted and have now defined a region and somewhat the whole continent. This was a shocker but after doing further research the facts were the facts. I accepted this and moved on because we embraced the prints and made it into something that we celebrate and I think expressed the spirit of our culture.
I had some fabric around the house and decided to set up a phootshoot. Seeing as the fabric has somewhat been a great back drop to my experiences in life and how my culture has influenced me.
Let me know what fabrics have influenced you growing up and which fabrics you still enjoy today.
Clothing by Pidgin English Co.