You may call it Adire, Batik, Tie Dye or even Shibori. The techniques are similar and the results beautiful. Adire is on the catwalk and it is here to stay. The influence of traditional Adire patterns and brushstokes can be seen on the catwalk at this year’s Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is an annual fashion event that aims to drive the Nigerian and African fashion industry. This takes place in Lagos every Ocotber and this year as with previous years has given us a feast for our eyes.
I have noticed a recurring trend in pieces that designers are putting out. There is a touch of nostalgia as traditional Yoruba symbols and patterns keep resurfacing across the board. The organic brushtrokes and bold symbols are unmistakable. Although I believe the beauty of this fabric is in the handmade techniques of tieing, drawing, dyeing, layering, it is good to see references to these techniques and the homage paid to the creativity of the original.
To see these and more of the beautiful collections of the just completed Lagos Fashion and Design Week visit the website www.lagosfashionanddesignweek.com.
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Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)