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dynamicafrica:

Worn mostly by women in the East Africa - mostly Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Kenya, these large rectangular colourfully-designed cloths, called kangas, are a staple garment for many, mostly in the rural parts of these areas, but are also worn usually by older women in more urban areas.

Having their origins in the 19th century when Swahili-speaking women living along the cost, intrigued by the cotton shawls worn by the Portuguese who controlled the Zanzibar coastline, started buying them in bundles of six and stitched them together in two lengths of three and made them into dresses, kangas have developed into a highly important social aspect of life for many in this part of East Africa.

In the early 20th century, the most noted features of kangas were added when a trader in Mombasa named Kaderdina ‘Abdulla’ Hajee Essak started accenting his kanga cloths with proverbs. Nowadays, most kangas are embedded with a message - often in Swahili - of some sort ranging from political to personal.

Most recently, labels like the London-based British-Tanzanian fashion line Chichia London have begun incorporating kangas in their designs, creating western-inspired garments with a heavy East African touch.

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October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

kat-rampant:

WITCH FASHION WITH FAMILIARS I’M SO FUCKING HERE FOR THIS

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global-fashions:

Blumarine Spring 2015 RTW - Milan Fashion Week

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cutfromadiffcloth:

Brand: Lalesso

Designers: Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway 

Resort 2015 Collection

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lucygotshot:

Toni Veziris ‘The Collider’

Editorial in Sneaky Magazine

Stylist: Maria Maung

Hair and Make-Up: Lianne Claire

rihannainfinity:

Rihanna covers “W Magazine”

rihannainfinity:

Rihanna covers “W Magazine”

(via aleaosha)

ridiculouslygudlooking:

Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014

ridiculouslygudlooking:

Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014

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suicideblonde:

Elle Fanning in Valentino

(Source: fyeahfannings)

sexyqueen:

Vogue US August 2014 | Caroline Trentini 

sexyqueen:

Vogue US August 2014 | Caroline Trentini