Hello again our lovely readers and shoppers! We hope that you all have been taking care of yourselves and have been celebrating Black History Month joyfully so far! The Black History Month motto is to remember, rejoice and reminisce. The month is just getting started so we hope that you have many plans in store to celebrate or showcase Black Excellence!
Moving on, lately we have been thinking about patterns. The term can mean and reference a lot of things can’t it? The dictionary definition of the word patterns means ‘a repeated decorative design.’ But we just think that it can mean so, so much more.
From Donna Karan’s jackets and wrapped skirts to French designer; Yves Saint Laurent’s L’ Afrik collection, some of the most memorable and popular designs have been inspired by African patterns and themes.
Showcasing the diverse cultures of Africa along with the rich and vibrant color palette, influential fashion designers all over the globe have embraced the colors, patterns, cultural dress and tribal motifs of Africa. Yet, despite African patterns appearing on everything from handbags to formal gowns, many designers and fashion lovers alike are unaware that these african patterns themselves hold so much more than their beauty. More than simply a fashion statement, traditional African textiles such as Kuba cloth and Mudcloth have an incredibly rich history of a great and ingenious people. While they may look fantastic for today’s modern fashions, the prints can be a symbol of status, hierarchy, and allegiance to tribal roots.
Additionally, the patterns created by the brightly colored threads often represent common motifs, religious beliefs, and political commentary. Not only are they beautiful, but the colors are of particular significance as they interpret the meaning of the pattern, with red symbolising death, green meaning fertility, white expressing purity and blue signifying love.
As face coverings are now compulsory to wear in England whilst visiting shops (for our own benefit, so please do wear them haha) why not cover up in style with all these patterns we have to offer. Curvaceous Fashion presents handmade masks which are not your basic blue and white personal protection equipment! With our designs you can make these the focal point of your outfits, and make a statement look!
“Vibrant and woven into long panels, Kente cloth is the classic and quintessential African style. The panels are sewn together and appropriate for both men and women’s clothing. The cloth is usually brightly colored with motifs representing religious or political commentary. The color patterns are especially significant as each color has a noteworthy meaning. From red symbolising death to white meaning purity, the colours tell a story.” Source - Yizzam Africa Magazine
As you can see, African and Black-Made patterns are so much more than meets the eye. Although they are flattering and the natural color palette of African patterns blend well with neutral tones like skinny jeans and a great pair of boots, knowing the significance and deeper meaning behind the clothing can make wearing the styles that much more fulfilling.
A pattern is an arrangement of lines or shapes, especially a design in which the same shape is repeated at regular intervals over a surface, with a story to tell whilst looking pretty.
Thank you all, for taking the time to read our blog and visiting our online store! During such a period, it really does help. It’s the little things which create the action, honestly. Nevertheless, do let us know what you think of our masks by leaving a review of them on our page today.
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