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.
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.
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.


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.


10 ways of styling your Kitenge fabric to fit your wardrobe


Kitenge which for the long time worn by women, wrapped around the chest or waist, as a headscarf or as a baby sling, is now changing the face of African culture. Thanks to the designers in the fashion industry who can now modify the fabric to style up your looks and fashion. Here are ways to style up your Kitenge fabric to improve your wardrobe.

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  1. Dress

This has improved from old schooled, long and unfitting dresses worn by our mothers to knee length dresses. The length gives one an African chick look thus being trendy. Kenya’s First Margret Kenyatta has been among celebrities at the forefront of making Kitenge dresses newer. The dresses range from skaters, long dresses and peplum dresses that give, you classy look depending on occasion.

  1. Skirts

Kitenge skirts give one a formal look when blended with plain color blouses and tops. The fabric also opens up for one to choose from a large number of type’s skirt you need. Those include pencil skirts, strait and skater skirts.

  1. Waist coat

For men the trend is changing from old fashioned shirts for old men to waistcoats. Young men are shining in Kitenge waist coats. It all started when the TPF contestant went on stage with Kitenge waist coat.

  1. Pants

This enhances vintage looks among ladies who are dressed in it   thus looking stylish. They look sophisticated when paired with plain blouse or shirt for both men and women. This pairing reduces color thus giving you a simple and classy look.

  1. Jackets

When paired with plain colors especially black one it brings the divine nature in you. When well blended the Kitenge jacket can used during formal occasions.

  1. Harem pants

When stitched with Kitenge fabric, harem pants look stylish thus giving you classy look. The pants are roomy, fitting and extremely sophisticated.

The fashion industry is evolving from leather clutch bag to fabricated ones. Leather hand bags are replaced by those made from Kitenge fabric.

  1. Shoes

Blending a patch or full foot wares  with Kitenge fabric gives one a classy look. This is achieved mainly on doll shoe and high heels for ladies.designers make  kitenge  theme  male shoes using African print  and designs. This ranges from loafers to stilettos,


  1. Necklace

These are made from remains of the fabric added on a normal necklace. The necklaces have attractive and simple designs that enrich the whole dress. These necklaces are always in pieces more than two sets thus creating impression of complexity and clarity

  1. Scarfs

Though the fabric makes traditional scarf, when well designed and blended with contrasting color, Kitenge scarf give one a classy look especially during informal occasions. Therefore anytime you think of designing Kitenge fabric think wisely depending on your choices and preferences.