AFRICAN DESIGN TREASURE TO THE CATWALK

‘This project started with the study of traditional methods of making and printing textiles from West Africa, I have challenged the historical cycle of adoption and creation of African identities in textile design. I undertook the analysis and creation of pre-colonial influences, particularly focusing on the Yoruba tribe and region in West Africa.

My creative process combines a personal approach with the tradition of making motifs inspired by everyday events.  I have also been influenced by the West African complex use of colour and styles of repeat.  I created a wide range of mix-and-match print designs to be used for apparel within the fashion industry.

I hope that viewers may be more accurately aware of the difference between traditional ways to make West African pattern, as opposed to pretenders that appropriated and altered pattern, which then impacted upon West African culture.’

NOW SENSATIONS


Combining the feminine personality, Covid 19 with sensational colours. Taking into account current events is part of African pattern design.

 

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AFRICAN ADIRE


This design is a creation of  African design Adire but substituted in an unusual colour selection  on a fabric of considerable scale. 

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AFRICAN TANKOR


African Tankor is a style combination of motifs presented as a repeat. 

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AFRICAN WAVE SPIRAL


Wave spiral is made from repeated objects and continuous wavy curves. The use of spiders and waves is notable in African textile design.

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AFRICAN THRILL


African thrill is a pattern created from a story and inspired by a mask. The African mask is part of the masquerading apparel. My aim is to create a design with a contemporary feel, yet reminiscent of West Africa.

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RESET


  A mix of motifs and underlaid pattern to create a floating, moving pattern structure.

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KIJIPA


Kijipa is usually printed onto leather and is mainly used as a wrap. The design is inscribed with prayers and the garment is part of warrior regalia or to be worn into battle. During lockdown restrictions I learned to make leather from Chicken skin. You can still see the textured surface important for the Kijipa.

 

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INDIGEFRICA


Replicated from indigenous African pattern designs.  Bold and striking, with contrasting patterns and a graphic aesthetic.

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ALORE MORONVIA


This was a memorable pattern in my design journey, it is celebrating the continuing inspiration and unfailing vision I see in Fashion Design. It is inspired by flamboyant designs created by the indigene of Sierra Leone.

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Author


Bolaji Akinsulie

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Portfolio Categories


  • Degree show 2020
    • Master of Surface Pattern & Textiles