For many years I have admired the smock/ fugu woven fabric. It originates from the Northern Region of Ghana, and is mostly worn by men. Along with Kente, they are the national dress of Ghana. The possibilities in color and stripe width are endless as the smock or kente can be personalized and woven by order.
Over the past few years, designers have began to incorporate this fabric into their collections, following in the foot steps of the late Kofi Ansah.
"Oh praise the Lord!" I thought. This meant that more weavers were being hired and more jobs would be created. We are making use of our culture and local talent. Now the only challenge was how creative the designers could get with the smock as the stripes are repetitive with no creative patterns like the kente might have.
Designers have risen to that challenge! Raffia, Atto Tetteh, Christie Brown and Studio 189, shown in the image in my skirt have all found ways to thrill us with this fabric. Nigerian design house IamIsigo, has also incorporated our traditional smock in a collection or two.
The pressure is no longer just on the wax print fabric which signified the beginning of the new age of fashion in Ghana and parts of Africa. It gives me joy to see that designers are looking deep within their culture to unearth inspiration that has been right in front of us for many years. It is time to get creative with what we have and show the world what we as a country and continent have to offer. It is our responsibility.
Let me know in the comment section what you think about he rise of the smock fabric. What does it mean to you?
Thank you for stopping by.
skirt & blouse | STUDIO 189
shoes | BLOSSOM & WEDNESDAY
photography | OAB Photogarphy