The Mystique Colors of the Indigo-Dyed, and Atiku Styled Fabric.
Culture is often defined as the total way of life of a group of people. That is to say, it is the arts, trivium, and quadrivium, and other proof of homo sapiens pundit conquests esteemed cumulatively. In the areas of ideas, conventions, fashion, and communal conduct of a lone populace or civilization.
The African culture, on the other hand, is assorted and multifaceted, comprising of an amalgamation of motherlands with beautiful ethnic groups that each have their distinctive idiosyncrasies from the continent of Africa. It is a product of the multifarious populace that today dwells the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Therefore, culture, richness, and diversity, have a multi-causal relationship, in the areas of language, food, clothing, and shelter. And they are also subject to modifications, changes and the risk of extinction if not well and properly preserved. Fashion and lifestyle is an integral part of a culture, that has stood the test of time and Western civilization. Making it the number one cultural preservation tool, in my scale of preference.
Fashion is a boffo vogue, chiefly in apparel, footwear, amongst others. Fashion is an earmark and perpetual prevalence in the manner in which a person dresses. It is the superior fad in behavior and the newest conception and handiwork of designers, technologists, and fashion managers.
The fashion drifts are manipulated by a handful of determinants comprising the movies, idols, meteorological conditions, artistic reconnaissance, governmental, economic, social, and technological conditions. Examining these factors is called a PEST analysis. Fashion trends change daily; it cannot stay unchanged.
Atiku is a stylish fabric for men produced in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Switzerland, Turkey that has become culturally endorsed in Nigeria and used to portray the habiliments tradition of Nigerians and Africans. Atiku African fabric comes with a well-structured blend and prime saturation.
It is dubbed after former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (1999-2007) who popularized it. It is mostly worn by men to work on Friday as is now conventionally seen in the Nigerian allied ether and on several occasions and functions. The Nigerian Atiku began its usher in, into the African male style market with placid and achromatic colors like sky blue, beige, white, cream, grey, yellow. It has now magnified its radius to accommodate effulgent hues like peach, lilac, aquamarine, brown, teal, etc. as most African men are now starting to frolic with more colors.
Precisely like Guinea and Lace materials, the Atiku style fabric can be made into variance men’s traditional styles such as Agbada, short Agbada, Buba and Sokoto and so on. When comparing Guinea, Lace, and Atiku materials, you’ll find no dissimilarity in the kinds of men’s styles made from them. The deviation lies only in the fabric used. Native Atiku styles are not prevailing among women in Nigeria because of they’ve colorful fashion picks.
Atiku styles can be embroidered or not, depending on the style. For the Agbada style, including embroidery is a must. But for other styles like Buba and Sokoto, embroidery is discretionary, depending on how you want to articulate or enunciate yourself. If you approbate raiment that sends a signal of simplicity, then you’d be fine without embroidery. And if you’re a fussbudget for attires that smell to high heaven for class, then include some embroidery. The types of Atiku fabric for your traditional wear include Boile Atiku fabric, Cotton Atiku fabric also called Premium, Nylon Atiku fabric, Polyester Atiku fabric, amongst others.
Adire, on the other hand, is a well-liked trend in fashion and textiles right now. Many designers are looking to introduce orthodox artistry and ocular elements into their collections. This resplendent textile takes on a look homologous to Batik or Shibori fabrics. Customarily, Adire dyeing has always been done by women; using either municipally grown indigo leaves or imported grains.
The Adire material spring forth from the Yoruba people in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, Adire is a cotton fabric that has been resist-dyed using indigo. There are two different types of Adire dyeing, both with ravishing results, they are the Adire Onike and Adire Eleko. True Adire textiles are arduous to find, as the commerce and enterprise have adversely diminished in recent years.
The colorful styles to hem with Adire fabric are becoming more innovative and trendsetting every day. The Adire vocabulary is one of many people’s net felicity in verbalizing. Afrocentric fashionistas love to wear designs tailored with Adire fabrics. There are tons of pigment predilection for Adire today, however, indigo was the foremost used in the past.
Unlike Atiku, Adire can be worn by both sexes. The lady’s attire alters from negligees to tops worn with jeans. The emporium now offers innovative motifs of Adire gowns, oversized tops, maxi skirts, knee-length dresses that are idiosyncratic in style from one brand to the other. Some can be easily worn; some can only be worn by audacious fashionistas. Trending female Adire styles include Adire dress styles, Adire top styles, Adire skirt styles, Palazzo, Kimono, Trousers, Blazers, Iro and Buba, etc.
Adire, fashion styles are celebrated by Nigerian men who like to connect to their cultural grounding. Most designers demonstrate their dexterity via enmesh shirts implanted with Adire imprints as well as jupons or togas and shorts. Trending male Adire styles include, Adire top, Blazer, Shirt, Kaftan, Dashiki, Suit, Buba, and Sokoto.
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Written by Winsala Gbotemi.
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