Mandela’s Style – African Wax Print Cloth

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Seeing all posts on Nelson Mandela’s passing away, I observed  that he liked to wear African Wax Prints…and I love Mandela’s style.

“African textiles have had and still have an exceptional significance as a means of communication, information and mutual association within particular communities. There is spiritual and historical significance in not only the choice of colours, dyes and type of threads used, but also in the decorative element, the symbols used and the figural compositions which are directly related to historical proverbs and events. They represent a form of story telling often taking the place of the written word and convey messages of importance for an individual, family, or larger social unit.

African textiles are often used for social and political comment, for commemorative purposes marking special occasions like political or tribal events, weddings, funerals, burials, naming ceremonies. Historically, their usage was controlled by chiefs and regional leaders and they were distributed with favour. As personal adornment they are wrapped as skirts round waists and hips and thrown over the shoulder or made into tunics and robes. African textiles are not always worn but sometimes used as backdrops against which public ceremonies were held.”   via contemporary-african-art

The fabric below was made for the celebration of National Women’s Day – 08 March 2007.

Viviana Volpicella, stylist, fashion consultant and the international fashion contributor for Vogue Brasil, shows us how to wear it in the streets.

The skirts are by the most talked-about names this season, the Milan based fashion designer, Stella Jean.

Have a look on her SS 14 Collection



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