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New in, perfect piece for the summer time  by Aifa at MyAsho.com

£50.00

A selection from the awesome collection by Nigerian born fashion designer/stylist Ngozi Pere-Okorotie.  www.zedeye.com 

Styled with turban head wraps a current fashion trend, executed brilliantly.

Zed Eye will be presenting a fashion show and Pop Up Boutique at  Afro Hair and Beauty Live

Date: May 29th-30th,2011

Venue: Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Time: 12:45 pm

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…I think, I live in London after all, you can never be too sure.

If you are lucky enough to visit sunnier climes, bold enough to strip or sun bathe in the park and would love to do so in ankara inspired itsy bitsy swim wear check out Bantu Wax, 100% made in Africa.

They also have the brothers covered.

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June 2010 shoot for Pride Magazine by Joseph Sinclair

Cake and clothes, two of my favorite things!

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I have a deserted art blog, I should post this there, but I believe Ruud’s work is inspiring in any arena.

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When these guys say limited edition, they are deadly serious “22 different colorways limited to 15 pairs per style worldwide, placed in some of the most prestigious retailers around the globe. Each boutique will hold distinct one-of-a-kind DCAC silhouettes, available nowhere else. The pack combines original African ankara fabrics, Asian footwear manufacturing and German know-how” Find out if you CAN get yours here.

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Fulani Earring

 

 

 

I have spent a good amount of time in West Africa, home to the Fulani a tall graceful nomadic people, but to date have not met a Fulani person, I have met various people who are part Fulani, myself included, when I was younger I imagined them to be mythical nomads who mastered the art of invisibility, a trait I so desired, but no amount of prayer or wishing enabled me to disappear. The real truth is I have not travelled far or wide enough within the region to meet any Fulani hopefully one day I will.

I was a little disapointed with my search on Fulani history , a brief history can be found here.

I saw a girlfriend wearing a pair of gorgeous earrings which looked as if the were made of solid yellow gold, I did not get round to asking where she bought them probably bcause they looked out of my price range. I came across these little beauties online and was delighted to know, they are of West African origin and are called Fulani Earrings. They are currently made by Mali Artisans out of thinly hammered bronze but were traditionally made out of gold and could be quite heavy, so the ear post were wrapped in red twine, I dont know how this helped the wearer manage the weight .

Get yours here, here or here! I am still waiting to get mine.

I saw Solange Knowles in an Ankara outfit and thought one of my African Designer sisters has hit it big, wrong, it was a design from Boxing Kitten, which also has Erykah Badu in its fan base.

The label mixes retro designs with dutch wax fabric. The designs are great and edgy, and deserve much kudos. 

I know some of my sister are mumbling and grumbling about the use of Dutch wax,  the designs are nothing new and Africans have been sporting that look for ages, well it is “Dutch” after all. Personally I dont care about all that and will patronise a good product regardless of origin, I have nice ankara items from Hennes and Zara, as long as my pound is not used to fund civil wars or promote child labour!

Besides by Maya Lakes definition I am a Boxing Kitten Woman.

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Boxing Kitten