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Indigo Dye in West Africa. Part 1.

Indigo Dye in West Africa. Part 1.

When we think about indigo dye many might acknowledge the Japanese technique know as shibori. There is no doubt that Japan has a rich history of indigo dying, though West Africa too, for many centuries has been using indigo dye for its decorative textiles.      Image: Local Kano dyer beginning the process of dying - by Naja Sky   There are many different techniques of indigo dying in West Africa and their designs and symbols vary from place to place, however it appears that it all began in the ancient trading city of Kano in North West Nigeria, one of...

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The meaning behind the colour you wear.

The meaning behind the colour you wear.

  At Ebuku Threads we love the use of bright and vibrant colour in our clothing. What catches your eye? What colour do you like to wear?    "Mere colour can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." Oscar Wilde   White  In western culture white is often worn by brides to represent purity and virtue. It is a clean colour that goes with any other colour. Though in the East it is associated with death. In India it is worn as a colour of mourning. It is a simple and cleansing colour that can assert cleanness and...

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Thoughtful Thursday: Supporting those people in our community making a difference

Thoughtful Thursday: Supporting those people in our community making a difference

In western culture we don’t often come face to face with or witness modern day slavery, yet it does exist and it is an ongoing global crisis that frequently goes untapped due to a lack of data on missing persons, and access to it, persons that are presently being subject to unimaginable abuse and trauma.    This Thursday 29th November 2019, Ebuku Threads is collaborating with Free As A Human in support of HAART Kenya, an Anti-Human Trafficking NGO that is dedicated to fighting the exploitation of young girls, the use of forced labor, child labour and enslavement of humankind in Eastern Africa.  If Ebuku...

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Lagos Fashion Week 2019

Lagos Fashion Week 2019

Named the centre of African Fashion by the Financial Times in 2018, Lagos yet again showed us African fashion under a dazzling spotlight during Lagos Fashion Week 2019.  So...who were our favourites? Orange Culture  Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal says that it is more than just a clothing line. Adebayo promotes it as a “movement” that covers universal silhouettes with an African touch to a creative class of men, translating into a heady mixture of Nigerian inspired print fabrics, colour and contemporary urban street wear.”   NKWO The clothes are free-spirited and nomadic, inspired by the lives of the wandering people...

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What hope do President Donald Trump & Brexit offer to sustainable fashion?

What hope do President Donald Trump & Brexit offer to sustainable fashion?

Well Trump is President of the United States and Boris Johnson is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. You are awake, you are reading this, this is real! So what hope do Mr Trump and his stunt double offer to sustainable fashion?         When talking about sustainable fashion we are talking about the process of harnessing change in the fashion world, heading towards a more clean and green, fair and ethical production process, as well as producing high quality and timeless designs.     With Mr Trump stating that "climate change doesn’t exist" then it's quite true that...

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Slow Fashion will save you money, time and give you the wardrobe you've always been dreaming of.

Slow Fashion will save you money, time and give you the wardrobe you've always been dreaming of.

What was the last piece of clothing you purchased? Is it hanging in the back of your wardrobe waiting to be worn? When you decide what to put on in the morning do you still feel that you have nothing to wear? Do you feel like you have no clothes even though you surfed the net yesterday? Are you still unsatisfied with your wardrobe? Are you having an identity crisis? Is your wardrobe a reflection of who you really are?

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