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Distinctive Features of the African Fabrics and Dresses

by Suphie Fresca African designed materials

Most people would give the nod to the fact that clothes play a crucial part in elevating the overall personality of an individual. At a time when latest technology has its impact on every aspect of life, there are some clothing designs and patterns that are continued to be the first choice for a large group of people.

Though there are plenty of diverse fabrics and designs on the market, top-quality African fabrics and dresses are creating a significant impression on customers worldwide. These fabrics have evolved with the time, innovation being a prominent contributing factor.

So, what are the underlying qualities that make these fabrics and prints something unique and special? Various factors can be attributed to that:

Symbolism: The symbols influence many of these fabrics. Abstract symbols are so common that the most of them signify power and wealth derived from animals and objects.

Concept: Some African fabrics are traditionally associated with concepts such as historical events, proverbs, important chiefs, queen mothers, and plants.

Individuality: Early African fabrics have individual patterns and designs for each ethnic group. These designs and patterns vary from abstract to geometric, to concentric, unique only to each group.

Rituals: Some dyeing techniques and processes of ancient African fabrics online are distinctive. For instance, Ukara cloth is dyed commonly by post-menopausal women in secret and young males in public.

Usefulness: The bark cloth, one of the oldest African fabrics, has many different uses. It can be used as drapery, curtain, upholstery, or slipcover. This versatile fabric is linked to the 1940s to 1960s home furnishing designs.  

Process: African fabrics in the Southwestern Nigeria are dyed twenty-five or more times to create a deep blue-black colour before the paste is washed out making the fabric a quality cloth.

The Malian culture’s mud cloth, on the other hand, is dyed with fermented mud, and with this process, the special mud turns into a paint that outlines the intricate African fabric designs and patterns. Adding to this list, the kitenge cloth uses the batik technique in which the opposite side of the fabric gets the same bright and detailed.

The cultural value and significance of the African cloths, their beauty and elegance are the main characteristics that have allowed them to survive, evolve, and excel among the finest.

Fresca Fashion is a leading Fabrics and Dresses Store which provides you with some impeccable fabrics and dresses at very affordable prices.


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About Suphie Fresca Innovator   African designed materials

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