My Kitenge Obsession

This is how you steal the show.
Photo from Sechiafrique.  
This is not going to be my usual blog post, so please bear with me. I am currently eaten by an addiction that is emptying my pockets, but is giving me happy hormones, nonetheless. I love fashion, and I love people watching. I also find a
secret satisfaction looking at style coming alive on the streets.  It’s a joy to do that in Africa, where ladies
pop up from all corners clad in a myriad of brilliant patterns.
When it comes to pulling off colored printed garments, no
one knows better than African women. They are blessed with such beautiful skin
tone that they always look effortlessly divine in just about any hue. Their
sense of style is always artistic and vibrant—never dull, never understated.
African women are simply born to “wow.” Period.

My fascination for the scene-stealing African style thus
fueled my obsession for the kitenge, a traditional (East) African garment garment
with designs usually resembling tribal patterns. Aside from dresses, it is worn
as a wrap or to carry babies at the back of the mother.
A snapshot of my fabulous finds.
The addiction started when Dilman gave me one as a gift.
I didn’t know what to do with it, at first, and was actually thinking of making
it into a bed sheet or something. But with the help of my friend Google, I
came up with a better ideas. Luckily, I found a Kenyan tailor (yes, a tailor) in the market in Bor who was more than willing to design my kitenge outfits. It is a bit costly at 75 South Sudanese pounds (20 USD) apiece, plus the 6-meter fabric that goes for 100 SS pounds (27 USD), but well . . . 
One piece of fabric that usually makes one outfit for the typical 
African woman makes four for me!
And this kitenge trend has even invaded Hollywood and stealing international fashion runways too!
From Gwen Stefani’s collection.
What can I say? I am hooked! I love love African style. Did I say that already?

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  2. Mary says: Reply

    I'm sorry there's an annoying spam comment above me.

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  3. I'm a jeans-shirt girl too, but sometimes I I wear a dress to feel like a proper lady. 🙂

  4. Thanks, Tin. I mostly post about my travels but can't resist writing about this one. 🙂 Added you too. Your blog is very informative. Love it!

  5. Crazy, beautiful. 🙂

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