Uses of kitenge fabric in interior design

The African culture is rich and it is evident in the items we use in our dailies life .Fabrics especially kitenge is the most used and outstanding fabric that enhance the culture in all parts of the continent. Its uses ranges from sarong, sling to carry babies, dressmaking and even decor. Its allure in making garment gives the main reason why kitenge decors look classy and wonderful.

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The decors enhance color to the room thus making it brighter. the beauty in kitenge makes it the best decor to decorate  the  through making accessories and soft furnishing.

The patterns of kitenge fabric look classy and trendy when used in decor since used in decorating different accessories and the house in general . Though adding more texture and depth the patterns used makes the house more beautiful and appealing . The patterns are also important in enhancing the color pallets of your house by either mashing the shades or contrasting them.

While making choice on what  decor to make out of kitenge one arrange to chose from since the fabric makes several house decors such drapes and wall hangings  with African themes.  The fabric is also used to make upholstery  to enhance bolder look. A few cushion cover done with the fabric in a contemporary theme  will give them the exotic look. During meals to enhance the appetite for African dinner  by using kitenge table runner or add kitenge centerpiece to plain colors .

How to inspire your wall decorations with kitenge fabric

The wall is one of the largest surface in your home,therefore  decorating it with kitenge wall hangings creates uniqueness in the house . Kitenge  fabric wall arts and wall hangings match  the African themed decor for  balance and harmony thus making it inspirational look. The fabric also work well with other decor themes  thus giving chance to add colors and patterns in your living room.

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When working with lot of  wall space , use large kitenge wall hangings  or several pieces to decorate the space.  Make sure you have your kitenge  wall hangings at eye level and  for multiple pieces  group them together and have the center at the eye level . When they are multiple pieces, group them as one and have the center at eye level. the shaping give uniqueness and  balance your room.

A creative way of having kitenge wall hangings is to have  the same fabric with other accessories such as a lamp shade, cushion or a portable remote bag to decorate  the room.  The fabric can also be used to  to enhance other wall accessories such clocks, picture frames and woven baskets.

If you run out of material you might  you can get paintings of patterns to  decorate the wall.Vary the color on the canvas by using the kitenge fabric and other material to complete your work. This gives you a pop of color and improve your pallet.

 

Kitenge upholstery you may need in your house

Choosing  upholstery  that compliment your room is the major aspect in interior designing of your house.The wonderful made and designed patterns and colors in kitenge has made it to gain popularity upholstery. The fabric  can also be used in enhancing various surface with outstanding results always use the fabric that makes an impression  and add a pop of color in your  upholstery and interior decor.

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For  kitenge cushion cover choose colors that are not too bold  and use it to make cushion or cover the entire  sofa. For those who are adventurous  dare any color or pattern to enhance the African-theme from this beautiful fabric.

Kitenge fabric can also be blended with interior decor color scheme to add some interest and flair. The fabric can be used as a  on your sofa and cushion covers. also cover your single chair entirely with the fabric  while keeping the sofa block color as song as the two gels are compatible.

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Kitenge fabric can also enhance the look of your bedroom upholstery.For those who want to try out you can use  it to make cushion covers on your bed.  You can also use the fabric to make your bed headboards  either by  patch the fabric or just add a kitenge strip as as trim of your headboards.

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Kenyan kitenge brand that you should know about

Sometimes we want to pay homage to our motherland, but don’t know how and where to keep up with the first moving trends as well as enjoy African designs. We think of going full kitenge or times add a manageable doze of African look into your our outfit Instead of going full on kitenge , and feeling rather overwhelmed by the patterns and colors . Fear of destroying the pattern or design make not try out the African design rather go for western fashion. There many Kenyan brands and design that will change your attitude towards kitenge. Here are some of brands that can design your fabric to the fullest.

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1. Riri African design
Riri African design is a local designer with a unique and eclectic taste for the best garments and accessories. Riri meaning beautiful, brand designs garments and clothes are totally made kitenge fabric.
2. Moo-cow Limited
Located in Nairobi at Hurlingam silver springs, moocow is a lady wear brand that design linens in African styles. Established in 2004 the brand name design leso to outstanding cloths and accessorize them with detailed beads. Inspired by Kenyan culture the brand designs a large varies for garden wedding. It’s owned by Wambui Njogu.
3. POISA
Kenya fashion brands make garments for both men and woman. POISA also make complimenting accessories such as kitenge shoes, earning and necklaces. The brand POISA (a Taita phrase meaning to make or craft) was by renowned Kenyan designer Patricia Mbela. It has showcased on severally international catwalks.
4. Achera designs
Launched in 2015 Achera design is a brand that crates stunning kitenge fabric. The brand design sophisticated and feminine brand that to reflect elegance, power and confi dence. It is owned by Annsophie Achera.
5. Kiafrika designs
Located along Waiyaki Way Kiafrika designs modern African inspired stylish and trendy clothing and accessories made from Ankara and kanga. Their products include modern clothing, bags, bangles, necklace, earring, and ring.
6. Tanashati designs

Dealers in African inspired fashion wear, bridal gown and suit staff uniform and brand. They also make kitenge garments for ladies gents and children. Accessories such jewelries, clutch bag enhance the African look.
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Owned by former radio personality Ann Mpinga, Kipusa designs was established in 2011 to make garnets for women aged between 40 to 60 years. Kipusa designs work using a plethora of fabrics with African prints. It is located at Adams arcade Ngong road.

Kitenge online stores in Kenya you should know about

Kitenge which has for so long been described as old fashion is gaining popularity. Thanks fashion and decor designers who have made the fabric adorable because of how they manipulate the fabric into classy products. As a result the market for Kitenge has increased. When looking for Kitenge you don’t need to go either to town or to the market. By just a click of button you are able to get Kitenge fabric and products of choice. Here are some of online stores where you can buy Kitenge fabric either on retail or wholesale price.

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1.Jumia,jumia.co.ke  

Founded in 2012 is among the online stores owned by Nigerians Tunde Kehide and Raphael. The store provides a wide range of Kitenge fabric and already make product such as women and men ware and accessories. Jumia also give arrange of electronics, fashion home appliances around east and West Africa. Prices if the products are displayed on the website. Jumia also provide after sale service such free delivery of those living near their outlets and a smaller cost for those living in upcountry.

2.Alibaba  Alibaba.com

Alibaba.com is an online platform where different fabric and kitenge product meet. At Alibaba thousands of fabric suppliers and designers post their products for retailers to have a variety of choice. Their products range from Kitenge fabric, designed product. Alibaba also provide a large variety of fashion, electronics and electromotive at wholesale price. The plat form enables the seller to deal with buyer directly.

3.Buruburu Kitenge collection

They provide readymade cloths with different design. The face book page provides its customers with a variety of maxi and short dresses, skirts and even the fabric. The page also posts Kitenge print shoe and bags.

4.Nairobi closet

The closet which found by Janet Kireri, Maurine Wairimu and Sharon Awity sells Kitenge shoes. They also make customized cloths as well as readily designed Kitenge cloths.

5.Africa leso/kanga fabric.

This is a Face book page that sells and delivers the fabric on request. The platforms also make. Products to their customer on request and deliver them on cheap shipping cost. They process of making their products take four to five days.

Kenyan Kitenge designers

 

It’s time for Kitenge fashion since the world is rapidly noticing the vibrant color and pattern in Kitenge has inspired Africa for decades. New generation of designers is improving the creativity that is going on short supply. These designers produce high quality and classy designs .here are some of Kenyan designers who plays a big role in passing the fabric to the next generation.

Ankara vintage  designed by Nick Ondu
Ankara vintage designed by Nick Ondu
  • Ann Sophie Achera.

She is the owner of Achera designs that creates stunning Kitenge fabrics. The Achera brand owner stated the business because the motivation from Liz Ogumbo who she worked for before starting her own with of work based on African print and sheer fabric like chiffon. Achera studied fashion design though she also holds a master degree in law diplomacy and global change.

  • Patricia Mbela

She is the brain behind POISA designing firm that aims at making kitenge garment for both women and men and compliment them with accessories. The 2011 east African designer and organizer of Swahili culture started the design as healing and copying techniques after losing her daughter and son consecutively.

  •   Wambui Njogu

The founding director of moo cow limited that designs linen and lesso that are sued in African themes. In addition to the brand she is also a consultant in fashion, styling and African products. Wambui is also a fashion event organizer. Throughout her designing journey Njogu is inspired Kenyan and African craft and culture.

  • Ann Adero

Ann is the founder and C. E.O of Green up Kenya where farmers are recycled to make new ones. She has been in the industry for more than 10 years. Her fashion for designing started when she was a young where she a helper to her mother .Ann enhanced her skills through subscribing to fashion magazines, she later pursued designing. Ann’s brand specializes in alternative bridal gown, denims and menswear. She enhances her fabrics look using tie and die, bleaching to fade and decorate the bead. The latest invention is green collection where garments are recycled.

  • Nick Ondu.

He is the owner of Nick Ondu Sartorial that majors in designing menswear. He makes Kitenge fabric suits and pants. He also makes suits that can be dressed in several occasions. Nick dresses veteran celebrity such as Sauti Soul. Ondu is a n industrial design graduate from Nairobi university. He also graces many runways such as FAFA.

  • Jamil Walji

29 years old raised and born in Kenya is a graduate of retail and retail design. She creates a design that combines Kitenge and European cuts .the design then forms African arch that creates uniqueness in the design. Jamil worked as fashion retail and design at the University of Linkokwing in Malaysia.

  • Carole Kinoti.

She is the founder Carole Kinoti formally known as LA Casa designer that designs Kitenge garnets for men and women and decor. The garnets are then stitched to fit different occasions. The designer also furnishes home space and decors with Kitenge. They also stitch uniforms for different corporate organizations.

  • Shenu Hooda.

Pakistanis, Shenu living in Nairobi is the brain behind Shenu design that blends Kitenge with Pakistan fabrics. This gives the design a unique look. She started combining the fabrics after moving to Ken

10 ways to rock in kitenge fashion when pregnant

Pregnancy does not stop you from enhancing your dressing style to stay trendy. If you are wondering how Kitenge fabric can give you a latest look in fashion industry. Kitenge gives you a loose and flossy look that gives you a complicity time during pregnancy. Here are ways to use Kitenge fabric to give a pregnant woman a classy look.

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  • Kitenge wrap dresses.

They are very classy and it easily pull off you look

  • Kitenge short dresses.

Its look is enhanced with a legins especially black and leather legins.

Kitenge maxi dresses

Stylish Kitenge maxi dress gives you a loose and flatly looks that gives you simple look and hide your bump especially during the last tri-semester.

  • Combining Kitenge with chiffon to Kitenge to makes a pregnancy gown or maxi dress enhance the Kitenge fabric to give an African chick look.
  • Symmetric hemline dress

Making you Kitenge dress or gown with a high low hemline balances your belly and look thus making you more comfortable. Sometimes decorating your plain color high-low dress with Kitenge fabric collars gives your dress an African magic.

  • Kitenge dera or gown.

Give you a traditional look that enables you to hide your belly at during the first tri semester thus enhancing trendy chick look.

  • Flare Kitenge skirt

It balances out you body especially you big belly to make sure it smaller than normal. Make sure it is a low waist so as not to tighten your belly give space for the pregnancy.

  • Thick Kitenge fabric

When made as skater dress thick Kitenge fabric hides the fact that you are expecting thus the dress made of thick fabrics such Maasai shuka applies for the mood of hiding the bum.

  • Kitenge belt

To give you loose plain dress a classy look, accessorize it with Kitenge fabric belt. Wear the belt just above the belly to enhance the body and the bum’s shape. Also give your plain dress a new look with Kitenge scarves.

  • Kitenge blazers

This shapes your belly to keep it smaller than normal. Enhance your city chick look with middle length pencil skirt or a time Kitenge short for beach ware.

  • Kitenge shirtdress

Oversize button up Kitenge shirt dress enhances the appearance of your bum. Roll the slaves of your dress and let the loose Kitenge fabric to divide your posture.

  • Chunky Kitenge accessories

When dressed in a casual plain color maxi maternity dress, adding large chunky of body accessories made if Kitenge fabric such as necklaces, bangle and studs give you an African mother look. To compliment the look add Kitenge scarves at your head.