THE AFRICAN TEXTILE DIRECTORY
“The more you know of YOUR HISTORY the more liberated you are” – Maya Angelou
What comes to mind when you think of “African Textiles?” “Ankara” right? Well it’s the regularly used term but it is not exactly the right word! There’s so much more you should know about African textiles…
When the scarcity of Forex pervaded Nigeria, as a textile organisation which had 80% of its fabric stock imported we knew we had to restructure our strategy in order to serve our customers what we promise. We asked, is lace the only fabric option available to us? This led to the discovery of an arsenal of textiles MADE, WORN and CELEBRATED by Africans as part of our culture. Unfortunately, some of these local textiles can only be found in international museums and are gradually becoming a dying art form. It became essential to gather and organise information about them into a directory showing the rich cultural heritage and tradition that serves as a testament of the work our forefathers did on clothing as they tilled the land, sharing the real stories behind the textiles some of which are not originally from these shores but are now tagged ‘African Fabrics’ e.g. Ankara, Dutch Wax and Lace. In our own little way, we hope this will serve as a tool to help revamp the Nigerian textile industry especially manufacturing.
THE AFRICAN TEXTILE DIRECTORY is packed with essential information about textiles showing the rich cultural heritage and tradition that serves as a testament of the work our forefathers did on clothing as they tilled the land; sharing the real stories behind the textiles that are not originally from these shores but are now tagged ‘African Fabrics’ e.g. Ankara, Dutch Wax and Lace.
This project is a kick to revamp the Nigerian textile industry especially manufacturing, therefore improving the value of our economy and creating much needed jobs for sustainable development. The textile industry can create jobs for over 1,000,000 Nigerians while improving the value of the Naira alongside the economy.
Let’s break boundaries and try out some of our native textiles – Adire, Batik, A’nger, Aso Oke etc they make an amazing appeal in whatever form they are used – Aso Ebi, Furniture, Interior Decoration etc
We invite you to join us as we document our history and the sustainability of our rich heritage as Bolakoka presents a first of its kind; an African Textile Directory of Local and African Fabrics. You will be thoroughly amazed at the knowledge, wealth and opportunities that abound with African Textiles.
Find out more about your favourite textiles and also discover the rich tapestry of African Textiles in store.
Creative Director/Founder, Bolakoka Ventures
African Fabrics Mean Business!