Of late, one popular object of admiration that does not miss at any fashion exhibition/show around town is the African print design, most commonly known as the Kitenge. Various Ugandan modeling agencies and fashion houses have rediscovered the wealth of art that this fabric possesses.
Rich in art
African prints are a creation of African culture combined with art. They have existed for generations. This is just part of evidence that culture can be transformed and preserved at the same time.
A trend that was once looked at as old-fashioned is now being yearned for, both by old and young fashionistas, and is being approached with a new sense of style. Fashion icons like Sylvia Owori and Santa Anzo, among others have endorsed Kitenge designs by making them top subjects in their fashion exhibitions.
Leave alone those ordinary dresses and shirts that people always make from the material, that are usually not very impressive, eclectic fashion designers have now added a new touch to the fabric using ideas, style and taste from the broad and diverse range of sources, making it sell like hot cake.
Isn’t it truly fascinating how the youth who used to shun and ridicule the fabric as being for the old, are now the ones grabbing it from all corners and stores in town! They actually own it now.
Variety of clothing
The usually colorful material is now being utilized to make a variety of clothing, ranging from dresses, skirts, blouses, shirts, trousers, shoes, bags, coats, kids’ wear, and very many more. Basically anything can be made from Kitenge. Some of the most interesting clothing being made from Kitenge are the summer shorts for women. Young ladies are getting obsessed with them each day that goes by and you can spot them being worn at the beach, nightclubs, and many other social events.
Kitenge fabrics are majorly supplied from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), and their prices range between Ush.30,000 and Ush.50,000, or even more, depending on their quality and cost of production or export.
They are also very popular in the West African countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Cȏte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Senegal, among others, and it is utilized by both men and women despite the design.
Currently, the fabric has become so popular to n extent that even people from overseas, Whites to be more precise, also possess clothes made from it. This is because it easily blends in with any skin hue.
One of the most competitive qualities that the Kitenge possesses over other fabrics is its flexibility and multi-purpose nature. It can be used for making clothes for various occasions like parties, traditional ceremonies, and also regular outings. Clothes made from Kitenge can also be worn with clothes made from other materials, and thus are easy to combine.
If you happen to be conscious in the sense of fashion and style, a beautiful print or two shouldn’t lack in your wardrobe. In case you do not possess any by now, it’s high time you took a walk to town and ordered yourself one.