African Prints, Culture, Fashion & Everything in Between - I WANT THAT WHOLE LOOK

African Prints, Culture, Fashion & Everything in Between


I recently sat down with two wonderful ladies for a discussion on how culture and society plays a role in how African prints are perceived by some of those that might not be African. Culture appropriation is obviously a huge debate and a controversial issue that has been on going for a long time now. However as a creative myself, and a fashion enthusiast I really felt that it was important for me to sit down with these two ladies, Ginger and Jackie for such a discussion.  Not talking about things doesn't make them go away. It is actually through dialogue and different perspectives that we can start to make progress and bring positive insights on issues such as this.

Here is our take on Culture, Fashion & African Prints


            



15 comments

  1. I love african prints or any prints! How can anyone react badly about beautiful art? The are just lines, shapes and colors no matter from where.

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    1. You are so right about that, Art is art!

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  2. I love African prints and it makes me happy when someone expresses their heritage through clothing. The colours and prints are always so beautiful, although I do agree that cultural appropriation does create a big issue. It was refreshing to learn about your views of African prints and what it means to you x

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  3. I love African Prints. They look so unique and stunning in their fashion. Happy to see them with it.

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  4. I absolutely love African prints and the their vibe. It's so wonderful that we can depict our own cultures and respective stories through our clothing and styles.

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  5. I love the vibrant colours and patterns in African prints, and how seeing them just makes me smile x

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  6. I adore the colours and bold shapes of African prints, it's probably one of my favourite things about going to south africa to see my family!

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  7. I always love the vibrancy and beautiful patterns of African prints. However cultural appropriation is an issue and it's never appropriate to take the clothing of a culture and make it a trend, something for commercial gain or "sex it up" as has been done in stores lately.

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  8. The bright bold colours of African prints can look great. Interesting to hear your views on African prints.

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  9. I live in a college town that is a true melting pot of people from all over the world. Just yesterday, in fact, I passed a woman on campus who had to have been from Africa. I could tell by the way she was dressed. Such wonderful, flowing fabrics filled with color. Truly beautiful! x

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  10. I love all prints and colors so naturally I love African print. I am from India so I have a deep appreciation for prints that carry a cultural heritage. I wear indian prints with pride and makes me happy when someone else outside of India love it. It's great to hear your appreciation and love for African print. I am sure it will make the weavers so so happy. Although I do agree that culture appropriation is a big issue and disgusting at times.

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  11. I am a big fan of African prints ! I love the bold vibrant designs.I was born in East Africa and the national costumes were beautifully mafe with this fabric.

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  12. Love African culture. I love prints and I think its great to have something different

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  13. I love that she touched on the African vs African American culture and learning the roots of all Africans. I think we have all stemmed from such a beautiful place at the very heart of it.

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