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Basket weaving is an age-long art that is prominent in several African societies. It is a well-respected skill that is usually transferred from one generation to the next and has survived to this day. This work of art is mainly done by women in rural societies who use this skill to fend for themselves and…

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The art of Mixing Ankara prints is certainly not a feat everyone finds easy yet it can be done if you follow the rules. The versatility of the Ankara fabric cannot be overemphasized as it has been widely accepted by modern clothing designers and fashion-forward individuals alike. Here’s a quick how-to guide on mixing Ankara prints…

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American-born, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress Beyonce Giselle Knowles best known as Beyonce or Queen Bey, is definitely a force to reckon not only in the music industry but also when it comes to fashion. She is always on top of trends and steady staying classy and graceful in beautiful African inspired pieces. Ankara Wax…

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In the last 10 years, Aquafina Elite Model Look Nigeria has played an immense role in placing the African modelling industry on the global map. The internationally recognised competition is known for discovering supermodels such as; Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio including Nigerian supermodels such as Chika Emmanuella, Mayowa Nicholas, Victor Ndigwe and recently…

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ORIGIN The Akwete cloth is a unique handwoven fabric of Igbo women of Akwete in Abia State, Eastern Nigeria. The fabric was originally referred to as “Akwa Miri” which when translated into English means towel. It mainly features geometric and straight line patterns and is made from different raw materials which include; wool, cotton, silk, raffia, hemp…

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LOCATION The Dinka tribe are a pastoral ethnic group living in southern Sudan located in West Africa.They cover a wide area along the many streams and small rivers, concentrated in the Upper Nile province in southeast Sudan and across into southwest Ethiopia. The origins of the name “Dinka” is uncertain because the people refer to…

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Ric Hassani, the Nigerian-born, Pop-African singer, songwriter and African fashion connoisseur, is our Zoede Style Star of the Week. His classic fusion of Western pieces with vibrant African prints has earned him this title.  A quick look at his style profile easily reveals that he is all for Afrocentric fashion and this he proves by consistently infusing the African…

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Aso-oke fabric is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of western Nigeria. It is the traditional cloth of the Yorubas and it is usually worn by both sexes. The fabric is mainly made from cotton fibres and the processes involved are quite tasking. The name Aso-Oke is a short form of Aso Ilu Oke which when…

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Eco-fashion also known as sustainable fashion seeks to produce fashionable pieces; clothing, jewelry and accessories without causing harm to the environment. It is about creating a movement of locally produced products that are eco-friendly and sustainable while also making a contribution towards social responsibility within the fashion industry. There are many emerging designers in Africa that are…

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Jidenna Mobisson, best known as Jidenna is a Nigerian-American, hip-hop recording artist and producer. He is also our Zoede Style Star of the week, his unique fusion of African and Western fashion has earned him this title.  A quick look at Jidenna’s style profile reveals that he is a lover of Afrocentric fashion. He proves this…

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The first country that comes to mind at the mention of Kente Cloth is Ghana, the West African country best known for this brightly coloured woven fabric. Today on the blog, we take a quick look at the origin, meaning and uses of the Ghanaian Kente Cloth. History and Origins Where did the Kente cloth…

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Today on the blog we take a look at the Zulu tribe predominantly found in South Africa. Here are some notable facts about them. LOCATION The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10–11 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Some members of this group have also been found in; Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique.…