Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

The documentary I filmed with Aiwan Obinyan  Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Is currently touring at movies festivals around Uk and soon internationally. And last Sunday it first aired at Bradford movie festival(Hooray!)

The film is about the role that ‘Ankara’ – a vibrant cotton fabric print that typically associates with Africa – plays in the world economy and the fashion industry today.Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?  The private screening was at the Young Vic a few weeks ago. The documentary follows Aiwan into her travels in a conversation about how colonialism has influenced the African textiles industry from the mills of Manchester to the factories of the Netherlands.

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

In the documentary, among other amazing designers and artists, I appear here and there to give my piece of mind about how it is time we start appreciating our own materials, products, and our makers. Because for me personally being angry has expired. So at this point onwards, I will redefine what is called African fashion. because we are more than Ankara or whatever we are always boxed.

The documentary is very insightful and left me with mixed feelings.

I grew up loving Ankara and still do. But Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Documentary, shows me how much African fashion is put in this little box.  As if all we wear is ANKARA/Wax. And even these fabrics that are meant to be ‘ours’ aren’t made in Africa nor by Africans. But instead in Holland and now the Chinese are taking over.

And these pictures,  I am wearing a Kabba, which is Cameroonian traditional attire of Beti women from the center of Cameroon. Brought back to me from Cameroon by my grandma last Summer.

Paining the Kabba with some Marc Jacobs heels. let me know what you think of the look,xx

Aiwan Obinyan who is a musician, studio engineer, composer, and filmmaker. And her clients include ITV, Young Vic, gal-dem, the Universities of Leeds and On Huddersfield, Majek Fashek and Channel 4.

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

Aiwan Obinyan

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