Back in the day when people thought about African Fashion – the usual images would come to mine. Dresses, skirts, and blouses in brilliant bold colors, Kente prints, and ethnic patchwork designs plastered in prints and of course on social media were images I could not get away from no matter how hard I tried. I used to ask myself – other than Africans, who would really were these cloths? Being from a multicultural town like Los Angeles, you see Angelinos wearing clothes from every nationality and culture. However, other than African American and a hand of Caucasians, no one else wore African clothes.

Ndebele women in traditional attire attend the inauguration of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa in Pretoria May 9, 2009. Zuma was sworn in after a remarkable political comeback and quickly highlighted the challenges he faces as Africa's biggest economy heads towards recession. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS)

In a more basic sense, clothing is universal. It cuts across culture, nations, and ethnicity. Similar to food, it’s actually something that can be shared comfortably because –  of course we all wear clothes. I see myself wearing clothes from any part of the world. But, when it comes to African clothes, I’m sorry to say – I see but a few non-African (who are not on the continent) wearing African design.

The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to African clothing in a way you have never heard of before. It is my hope that through this journey, we will share the comfort and basic needs that clothing provides – a sense of security, beauty, elegance, femininity and style packaged to enhance your self-esteem so that you are Wraptured by Design.

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