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.
Kitenge short dress also known as a frock or gown is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice or matching bodice giving the effect of one-piece garment. In African culture short dresses, dresses are more often worn by women and girls.
They are mainly used for weddings, day out, cocktails, parties. The dresses can also be worn during church sessions.
Short Kitenge frocks when well combined with plain color jacket is fit for casual office wear. Once in a while rock you work place with Kitenge peplum frock. Short Kitenge dresses enhance the African chick look since to enable one to expose cute African legs
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.
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.
fig 1: lesso converted into different dress designs 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. 7.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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