Nigerian designer, Amaka Osakwe, presents Maki Oh‘s new Fall 2015/16 collection. Speaking about the new collection, she said;
“As an advocate for all things truly African, Maki Oh uses true African textiles like Adire, Aso-oke, Akwa Ocha, Oja and more to continue to illustrate to the world (and Africans) that we have desirable, couture quality local textiles. Ankara fabric (Dutch Wax) does not have it’s origins in Africa. It is imported from Holland, India, Turkey, China and even England. But the world, and even some Africans think this fabric is African. Holland’s Vlisco’s current website proudly states “Vlisco has been romancing the men and women of Central and West Africa for almost 170 years and has been embraced as the very fabric of life in many societies.“
Speaking about her guiding concept for it, she said it was “Mermaids and appropriation.” Yes she is talking about ‘Mami water’ which she described as “keeper of virgins and goddess of the river.” On one of the looks, she used a type of Adire print called ‘Omi’ (meaning water) which covers a dress with a fish-like fin, mirrored-fishes swim across dense cotton trousers, an iridescent fin swims down the sleeve of a silk blouse and more.
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