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FABRICS FROM WEST AFRICA

 

AFRICAN PRINTS

Support the African textile industry and purchase beautiful, quality prints that are designed and printed on the continent!

Conscious consumerism is a must, even when buying prints in Africa.

Far too many African prints (also known as “ntoma,” “Ankara,” or “waxprints”) are actually cheap-quality imitations, and their prevalence has significantly affected jobs on the continent.

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Authentic African brands:

Woodin® & GTP

 
 

TIE & DYE/BATIK

Join us in supporting local African artisans who make wearable art by hand!

West African tie and dye/batik fabrics, known as “Adire” in Nigeria, are truly one-of-a-kind and feature unique designs and color combinations.

Click below to watch a video of how batik prints are made, and contact us if you’re interested in custom prints for your organization or brand!

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Hand-drawn, stamped, & dyed

KENTE CLOTH

We are working with the Bonwire Kente Weavers Association and reputable Ghanaian businesses in order to preserve and promote authentic, handwoven kente.

Kente cloth, which is a sacred and heavyweight fabric, is often confused with factory-made “kente prints” that are typically mass-produced outside of Africa. We have learned from kente weavers that this practice undermines their industry and prevents people from learning about the cultural significance of the cloth.

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Handwoven kente straight from Ghana

ADINKRA PRINTS

 

Add some meaningful, cultural symbols to your African print wardrobe!

Adinkra symbols are true works of art that represent proverbs and parables significant to Ghanaian culture.

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Colorful prints with screenprinted Adinkra symbols

 

BATAKARI

 

Also known as “fugu” or “smock” fabric, Batakari a quality, breathable fabric with an interesting blend of stripes and solids.

Like kente, it is another indigenous, handwoven cloth, but it originates from Northern Ghana. While this area of the country has been historically neglected, it is home to amazing craftsmanship and valuable resources (like shea butter).

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Tightly woven and versatile

 
 

 

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