18 August 2016
The wide colour range and symbolism of African wax fabrics have taken the leap to the fashion show and for the first time they appear at the African Village. Twenty models, including women, men and children, modelled before the people present to show the different possibilities offered by African fabrics in all types of garments.
Youssouf Farafina together with United Minds, Kerafrica and Bissap tailor’s have collaborated in this activity, which has also benefited from the contributions of the different NGO’s installed in the African Village and the music of DJ Bumba.
This fashion show has also had a protest side to it caused by the unsolved debate from the nineteenth century on the property of wax fabrics. And the truth is that the jump of African fashion to international catwalks is leaving behind the symbolism expressed in these fabrics. A symbolism and language still alive on the African continent, where they demand the maintenance of their presence, with initiatives such as the talk and the fashion show that we could see this afternoon.
In addition to the fashion show, attendees have also had the opportunity to known the meaning of both the different patterns that decorate these fabrics and the turbans adorning the heads of millions of African women.