Embracing the Nigerian Tradition
Akwete fabric is a traditional and handwoven textile that originates from the eastern part of Nigeria, particularly from the town of Akwete in Abia State. It is renowned for its intricate craftsmanship, vibrant colors, and cultural significance. The creation of Akwete fabric is a labor-intensive and highly skilled craft that has been passed down through generations. It stands as a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of the Igbo people and continues to play a significant role in the cultural and fashion landscape of Nigeria and beyond.
Meet the 3 Creative Designers On Our Radar
Emmanuel Okoro behind the brand – Emmy Kasbit , is a Nigerian fashion designer renowned for his innovative and contemporary designs. He established his eponymous fashion label, Emmy Kasbit, in Lagos, Nigeria. His creations often blend traditional African aesthetics with modern, urban fashion elements, resulting in unique and stylish clothing. Emmy Kasbit has gained recognition for his craftsmanship and attention to detail, making him a prominent figure in the African fashion industry. His work has been featured in various fashion shows and magazines, reflecting his commitment to pushing the boundaries of African fashion.
Florentina Agu is a Nigerian, Lagos-based female fashion designer creating clothes from unique fabric for the ambitious woman. As a child, she always had an eye for designer clothing and by the time she was 13, she had started taking dressmaking classes. Her fashion brand – Hertunba is a sustainable fashion brand delivering classy, ready-to-wear clothes for ambitious women.
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Precious Nene-Johnson is a true artisan when it comes to fashioning blazer suit sets from this fabric. Her profound affection for this textile not only resonates with her Eastern Nigerian roots but also extends to crafting fashion accessories, including bags, using the same material.