Anyone who knows me knows I've been rocking Afrocentric clothes and merch from small african/black businesses for a good minno.
Recently, we have been witnesses to the exponential growth of African American woman starting to pride themselves with their natural coif (s/o to @carolsdaughter when I first went natural in 06!). Nowadays, more and more are starting to rock Africa~ish clothing in the past 5 years.
You're probably thinking..."africa-ish" is not a word, beloved. Well, lemme explain.
I noticed back in 2016 a growing trend of folks rocking daishikis in everyday wear. My heart glowed until I checked the tag on them boys.
Yep you guessed it. The tags read “Made In China”. In cultural parties, weddings and etc, the process of searching for fabric in the marketplace for a selected seamstress to design while taking your measurements for the big event is a tradition and authentic process that I've grown to love and appreciate as a witness AND participant.
But to think of those products being mass produced in sweatshops in China while neglecting that very process and the peoples' input of the culture it stems from sparked a fiery indignation in my belly.
So, I made a FB post giving people an opportunity to purchase authentic Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African fabric straight from the source. The Motherland.
Who would of thought that with the epic success of Marvel's Black Panther two years later from 2016 that the trend of rocking Afrocentric fabrics would skyrocket?! Support the people who's culture you are trying to don (word to @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch). Support sustainable & inclusive fashions that aren't linked to severely underpaid workers in dire conditions (WORD to @ajabarber and her platform). These prints, fabrics and colors are more than just a vibe. They are a myriad of cultures. Stories. Traditions. A thread that weaves along many generations.
Put some respect on our name/fabrics.
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