IMG_4211 It was during the 1920’s that west Africa fully adopted the Dutch wax print as a cultural staple, one that has since it’s entry to the Gold Coast (Ghana) suggested status and a symbol of identification. The Dutch, being partly responsible for nurturing the region’s appetite for the vibrantly coloured wax print, slowly adopted cultural symbols into their prints to purposely entice the West African, and it worked,to the extent that proverbs and catchy names coined by the locals have gone to brand this celebrated fabric. Since childhood, “ntoma” which means cloth, has been synonymous with the wax print so much that I thought that was the only fabric that existed. “Ntoma”,

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Exquisite! If more women conveyed this much elegance in African inspired outfits, it might actually chip away my passive appreciation for this cornerstone of our culture.I do not dislike African inspired prints but on the subject of what I’ve seen so far, this comes out on top.

photo : Allen Coleman


I never shy away from the positive energy that creativity creates , and it was nothing short of that at the sip and shop event hosted by the good people of  ajePomaa gallery . The event featured design houses and ajePomaa both boasting of lines with strong influence of Ankara fabric. Even though I’m not a big fan of Ankara fabric both houses had a couple of  jewels in their collection that I wouldn’t have hesitated to ship off to the Mrs  at home, especially the sleeveless Ankara print biker vest from  ajePomaa  , I admit I have seen the Ankara print in many forms but that biker vest caught both eyes and mind . The event gave out to a perfect network web and bridged the space between designers and clients granting a little one on one interaction that is seldom granted.

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