Posts tagged: ankara

Orbane wedge platform shoe design concept

By , December 28, 2014 12:19 pm

We decided to create a set of platform peeptoe wedges using a range of differnet materials, the heels are made of wood and the soles and lining are made of biege suede and are approximately 5 inches “highish”. The colours we picked represented the high impact society that exists in Nigeria, they are extremely vibrant and colourful. Also we used materials all natural to us Aso-oke for the gold1321019_3 and red 1321005_3wedge and the grey, black, yellow and white1320998_3 was produced using the Ankara, this material has been made use of by quite a few designers such Junya Watanabe , and is produced and designed in a similar process to Vlisco. Why the peep toe wedge? its stylish and timeless, and the use of these materials was to show off what beautiful hand woven material exists and what artisans in this part of the world produce and also to make a totally unique experience  for the wearer. Believe us, you will not find this shoes anywhere else and and we want you to stand out with these set of one of designs. The colours are also designed to contrast or complement  your outfit and accessories, the black patent leather shoes are textured and give a unique sheen1321010_3, all materials are breathable and will adapt to the warm weather conditions. Quality of the shoes are extremely good and they are produced to last the rigours of daily wear, enjoy them and wear them with attitude.

Jewel by Lisa

By , November 5, 2009 10:11 pm


Jewel32Vlisco the Hollandais brand has many admirers one of the more creative ones is Lisa Folawiyo a Nigerian fashion designer. In less than four years Lisa has perfected the art of wearing Ankara, being the first to embellish the fabric with sequins, swarovski crystals, beads and the like, she  turned Jewel by Lisa into a coveted luxury label. She is also not afraid to mix ankara with a wide range of fabrics such as taffeta, linen, cotton, chiffon, chantilly lace, and silk. In 2008, Jewel by Lisa featured in the This Day Africa Rising Festival in London, and was one of only 3 designers chosen for the catwalk show at the M-net Face of Africa modelling competition. Most recently, the label showcased a highly raved 40-piece collection at the Arise Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Subsequently, another equally successful collection was revealed at the Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2010 collections. Jewel by Lisa has been featured in several publications such as Arise Magazine, The The New York Post,, WomJewel23enJewel5’s Wear Daily (WWD), Glamour (South Africa) True Love and Genevieve magazine


By , September 8, 2009 11:43 pm

For the last 160 years in the Netherlands, Vlisco has dedicated itself to creating highly desired textiles vlisco-posted0910081that vlisco02have become part of the vibrant culture of West and Central Africa. Vlisco Wax Hollandaise has become a phenomenon in its own right. These imported product designs have consistently surprised and inspired their passionate and critical audience, through the generations. Vlisco’s craftsmanship is second to none, both in look and in quality. From the beginning, Vlisco has created exciting and expressive textiles, which never use ‘cliché African’ imagery. This has ensured that Vlisco has no equal in this market. In a constantly changing world of consumer preference, Vlisco is committed to remaining at the forefront of African fashion. Whether buying by the yard or ready to wear, continuous updates in design and collections stimulates the creative force of the consumer. The core element in Wax Print is of course the wax. Using two deep engraved copper rollers, with the mirror image of the design, the two sides of the cotton fabric are printed with a pattern of melted wax, hence the name Wax Print. The fact that the cloth is printed on both sides enables you to wear the 40_4563f0c1-914b-4720-a909-e0c50269b36aproduct either side.  This is the true sign of a quality wax print.  Following this, the cloth is immersed in a bath of dye, often Indigo, that penetrates into the areas that are not covered with wax. After the wax as been washed off in varying stages, a negative image of the printed pattern remains on the cloth. This intricate wax printing process results in unique effects that makes the product so outstanding. In fact, not one single centimetre of fabric is identical to the other! 6a00d8357c6b5b69e200e554fb02988834-500wi





By , September 6, 2009 6:48 pm

Nigerian ankara has been used over the last season in different ways by different designers, this is just another example of its versatility its been combined with a skyblue hat and sash.  Brown dress