Kitenge in one of the new trends in the fashion industry. Gone are days when Ankara was only for women since men can also standout in kitenge when well designed. Designers are manipulating Ankara fabric into different men wears ranging from casual to official wares. The flexibility ranges depending with occasion and climate. Here are ways to men can rock with kitenge fabric.
making jackets and pants made of Ankara fabric gives a casual street look when worn either with a black or white shirt .
For a casual look especially beach day wear your Ankara short with a plain color t-shirt . this makes you a center of attraction for the day.
Ankara trousers enhance the charismatic look in a Sunday evening out . pair your trousers with plain colur t-shirts for an evening out
This gives you a casual look when pared with plain colour chino pant and casual trousers.
Always accessorize your suits with kitenge fabric ties and bow-ties to enhance your classy look.
Kitenge blazers are fit for spring summer and winter. They are perfect for hot weather and can also give an African look and both official and casual look. Ankara blazers can be worn with shorts, jeans, trousers and skirts. They also look classy when dressed with camisole, tank top/vest and turtleneck. Here are some fancy Kitenge jackets designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thinking of changing your wardrobe? Then try Kitenge since its outstanding features that make it outstanding. Here are reasons why you need Kitenge.
Kitenge has extra ordinary characteristics that make it an elegant fabric thus having several stuffs in your wardrobe made of Kitenge fabric transfers the elegance to your fashion. This creates uniqueness in fashion.
Kitenge reflects African culture and traditions. Thus it presents our heritage that is passed from one generation to another without getting out of fashion.
Kitenge is made off 100% cotton thus and because of its hyper allergic feature of cotton makes it ideal for skins prone to allergies. The fabric is also breathable and transmits moisture away from skin thus removing excess water from the skin. Kitenge is also has resistance to dust and durable thus good for decor.
Does not fade
Kitenge are made of natural fiber thus making it breathable band good in temperature regulation. When dried Kitenge becomes softer this makes it not to fade
Originally Kitenge are made of 6yards that is 5.4 meters length. The wider length provides enough material while designing a cloth. You are guaranteed of a uniform design or several designs when mixed with other colors.
Making your own shoe could be a good idea. This helps you to evade expenditure thus you are able to have shoes of your choice at a simple cost. With traditional techniques of shoe making you don’t need to have expensive material, nice set up box or complex tools. All you need is a few materials from art store and a Kitenge fabric. Here are steps on how to make your own Kitenge fabric shoe at home.
Generate a concept
t Think about the type of shoe you want to make and sketch it somewhere.
Making a last
This is a hard usually wooden, object used to build shoes. it usually looks like feet with space in front to accommodate the toes. This provides a hard surface for you to draw to draw your patterns. You can either buy or do a search on internet before you make one for your feet.
Cast your foot
You need an alginate to make your foot, a casting material and box to hold on tour mold .A mold is a negative your foot. To makes mold, mix alginate and water and stir gradually using your hands until its gloopy. Pour the mix into the box and put your feet in the box depending on design of your shoe. Make sure the mix covers your leg to ankle then wait for 20 minutes. Before you remove from the alignment When the material is dry take part apart your box so that you can have big cube of alignment.
Making foot cast into last
Using your shoe design crease up and add it on your cast to round off as per your design. Make sure your last is of your best shape because it determines the shape of your shoe
Cover your last in masking tape and draw your pattern
Wrap the last with two layers of masking tape then draw the pattern for the design on the tape and cut the pattern along the line you drew,. The sketch shoe include the following .Counters-the back of the, shoe and Toe-the front part,
Flatten tour patterns
Carefully remove your patterns and flatten the patterns to 2d patterns from the bottom of the last.
Trace & Cut Your Patterns
.Trace your pattern on paper and add ¼ inch seam allowance on all patterns. Always remember to draw a pattern for shoe tongue whose shape is determined by your design.
Cut your fabric
Arrange your patterns on your fabric, using either tapes or pins, stick the pattern onto fabric.Using
a pencil outline the pattern on your fabric and remember to mark the seam allowance before you cut pieces out Sew all the patterns together
Attaching the Outer Fabric to the Inner Fabric
Sew your pieces together until you have the two separate layers: the outside pattern and the inside pattern. Sew your inside to the outside n pattern while living ¼ inch seam allowances. Then flip your pattern back over
To make the shoe tongue make two shoe tongues piece, the outer line and line then up with wrong side facing outward .saw the top of the left seam allowance .Sew some extra stitches around the bottom of your tongue sides to add some reinforcement.
Eyelets are the holes where your laces will be threaded. Depending on what your design, you can either make holes in the fabric itself, or you can add metal eyelets. You can buy eyelets which it accompanied by simple tools that enable you to make them better.
To add eyelets, mark the places on your fabric where you want to add shoe lace holes and, according to the instructions included on whatever tool you’re using, punch holes or cut holes, place your eyelet pieces in, and punch them together.
Add Shoe Laces
Put your last inside your upper to fill its shape in. pick a plain colour laces to enhance your Kitenge fabric and then tie your shoe. Don’t tie it so tight that your pattern distorts.
There are three types of sole the insole, midsole and outsole. The insole is the part that is in contact with your foot and it my must be slightly soft .the midsole provides the arch support while the outsole make contact with the ground .it is usually made of sturdy leather or rubber. To make this trace you’re using ¼ inch and 1/8 inch cork. Trace your last on the piece of cork leave at least ½ to avoid cutting it too small. You can still buy a sole from a shoe repair shop. Soak your cork/leather sole in water for 24 hours then tie the last tightly to the shape of your shoe.
Hold your insole to the bottom of your last. Using your utility knife, carefully shape the insole to fit your last.
Sew Your Upper to Your Sole
Cut out another sole. Then cut out a ring out of the sole .a fix this ring to the bottom of your insole using super glue .then sew up insole and last to the upper. To achieve this Hold the fabric tightly against the ring of sole you glued on in the previous step.
Now, using as thick a string as you can find, stitch through the fabric, through the ring of sole, and back, continuing around the entire shoe, pulling fabric tight as you go along. You can always pierce the sole diagonally if you have trouble to manoeuvre the sole especially the heel.
Cut off Excess Fabric
Once you’ve completely sewn around the shoe sole you should have some excess fabric. Your shoe is coming together!
Glue in the Extra Material for Your Sole
Glue the remains of the sole together and then put the outer ring together with the insole, use your utility knife to trim off excess sole.
Finish the Sole
To finish up the sole add a thin layer of Kitenge fabric or leather to cover up the work you did to fix the sole