african skirts and tops

Looking for african skirts and tops and so on? Look no further as Nairacloset is your depot for modern. Nairacloset provides african tops styles which are suitable for your modern outings. Apart from the african skirts patterns, we have different styles of african print skirts with pockets. Our other fabric collections comprise of african maxi skirts and dresses.Buy african traditional skirts images today at buyandslay. In Nigeria and other african countries today, we cannot keep a blind eye to the wears being displayed at traditional weddings, naming ceremonies, political gatherings, churches and mosques even in our offices. in fact african native wears in some parts of Nigeria especially Lagos State, Abuja and other northern states are worn  mostly on fridays by men and women.

African Skirts And Tops

Types of African clothing

Nowadays, there are two types of African clothing. There is traditional African clothing and Modern African clothing usually referred to as African fashion.

As Africa is a big continent made up of different countries, different kinds of people, culture, languages, food, clothing etc, we would cover only the popular African clothing for now.

Traditional African clothing

It seems most of the Traditional African attires we see and hear of today are from the Western part of Africa such as Ghana and Nigeria.

Aso oke: people usually refer to aso oke, as the traditional Yoruba women’s garment. It consists of four parts:

  • Buba – Yoruba blouse
  • Iro – a wrap skirt
  • Gele – head tie
  • Iborun or Ipele – shawl or shoulder sash

Aso oke hat:  is a traditional Yoruba hat that is made of hand woven African fabric.

Boubou or bubu: is one of the names for a flowing wide sleeved robe. This can be worn by both male and female. It also known as kaftan but this refers more to female boubou.

kaba and slit  :This is a long wraparound skirt and matching blouse made from African wax print or cloth. Skirts usually have a pair of strings in the waist which is drawn together to fit the waist but normal zips could be used instead.

Dashiki:  The dashiki is a colourful garment for men that covers the top half of the body. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. Some also have beautiful embroidery around the neck area.

Kaftan/ Caftan:  is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped or round collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.

The Ghanaian smock:  is a plaid shirt that is similar to the dashiki, worn by men in Ghana. The smock is also called a fugu or a batakari. It is made of handloomed strips of Kente fabric that are three to four inches in width.

Kufi or kufi cap: is a brimless, short, and rounded cap worn by a lot of people  in West Africa

head tie/ gele is a West and Southern African women’s cloth used to tie the head as part of the African outfit

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cottonfabric made of interwoven cloth strips which originates from Ghana.

The wrapper is a colorful women’s garment widely worn in West Africa. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored ensembles. The formality of the wrapper depends on the fabric used to create it. The wrapper is usually worn with a matching headscarf or head tie that is called a gele.

Modern African fashion

With time, African fashion has been merged with European styles to make it an everyday attire. These types of African outfits could easily be worn to work, parties, even as casual everyday wear. These include African pencil dresses, African print skirts, trousers, jumpsuits, playsuits etc.  These African outfits are made using African wax prints or Ankara prints but in modern stylish easy wears.

African dresses: African dresses can be made using only African wax print or with a combination of other types of materials. There are long, maxi African print dresses, Short African print dresses or midi dresses.

African trousers/ Jumpsuit/ playsuit

This is usually made solely with African wax print or a combination of other types of material. Jumpsuits and playsuits come in a form of trousers but is joined to the top, making a one piece outfit.

Types of African clothing

Nowadays, there are two types of African clothing. There is traditional African clothing and Modern African clothing usually referred to as African fashion.

As Africa is a big continent made up of different countries, different kinds of people, culture, languages, food, clothing etc, we would cover only the popular African clothing for now.

Traditional African clothing

It seems most of the Traditional African attires we see and hear of today are from the Western part of Africa such as Ghana and Nigeria.

Aso oke: people usually refer to aso oke, as the traditional Yoruba women’s garment. It consists of four parts:

  • Buba – Yoruba blouse
  • Iro – a wrap skirt
  • Gele – head tie
  • Iborun or Ipele – shawl or shoulder sash

Aso oke hat:  is a traditional Yoruba hat that is made of hand woven African fabric.

Boubou or bubu: is one of the names for a flowing wide sleeved robe. This can be worn by both male and female. It also known as kaftan but this refers more to female boubou.

kaba and slit  :This is a long wraparound skirt and matching blouse made from African wax print or cloth. Skirts usually have a pair of strings in the waist which is drawn together to fit the waist but normal zips could be used instead.

Dashiki:  The dashiki is a colourful garment for men that covers the top half of the body. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. Some also have beautiful embroidery around the neck area.

Kaftan/ Caftan:  is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped or round collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.

The Ghanaian smock:  is a plaid shirt that is similar to the dashiki, worn by men in Ghana. The smock is also called a fugu or a batakari. It is made of handloomed strips of Kente fabric that are three to four inches in width.

Kufi or kufi cap: is a brimless, short, and rounded cap worn by a lot of people  in West Africa

head tie/ gele is a West and Southern African women’s cloth used to tie the head as part of the African outfit

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cottonfabric made of interwoven cloth strips which originates from Ghana.

The wrapper is a colorful women’s garment widely worn in West Africa. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored ensembles. The formality of the wrapper depends on the fabric used to create it. The wrapper is usually worn with a matching headscarf or head tie that is called a gele.

Modern African fashion

With time, African fashion has been merged with European styles to make it an everyday attire. These types of African outfits could easily be worn to work, parties, even as casual everyday wear. These include African pencil dresses, African print skirts, trousers, jumpsuits, playsuits etc.  These African outfits are made using African wax prints or Ankara prints but in modern stylish easy wears.

African dresses: African dresses can be made using only African wax print or with a combination of other types of materials. There are long, maxi African print dresses, Short African print dresses or midi dresses.

African trousers/ Jumpsuit/ playsuit

This is usually made solely with African wax print or a combination of other types of material. Jumpsuits and playsuits come in a form of trousers but is joined to the top, making a one piece outfit.

fashion brands rocking African prints

African fashion has never been more exciting. Here’s ten labels to prove it:1.MAISON CHATEAU ROUGE

MAISON CHÂTEAU ROUGE is a French brand named after the famous black Parisian neighborhood in the 18th arrondissement. The brand uses African wax print in a contemporary way and is a cool mix of African and western culture.

The label is also involved in a social project called Les Oiseaux Migrateurs which supports the development of African SMEs. We love its edgy streetwear feel and the beneficial social cause!

Check them out on Instagram @maisonchateaurouge
Find out more at maison-chateaurouge.com 2.MAXHOSA BY LADUMA

MAXHOSA BY LADUMA is a South African knitwear label created in 2010. Laduma is not only a designer but he’s an artist too and expressing his creativity through his fashion label.

Check them out on Instagram @maxhosa
Find out more on maxhosa.co.za3.Chen Burkett New York

Chen Burkett New York was founded in 2013 by Chen Burkett. With family hailing from Ghana, Great Britain and Antigua, Burkett has used her cultural influences to create a vibrant and ingeniously fashionable aesthetic. Her collections feature rich, vivid African prints framed in beautiful silhouettes that easily work for day-to-day life.

Follow Chen Burkett on Instagram @chenburkettny
Find out more on chenburkett.com4.ÒKUN beachwear

ÒKUN is a menswear beachwear label bringing fun swimwear to buyers around the globe. The prints are vibrant with a contemporary African feel, prints and colours. It’s a must-have for this summer if you want to be noticed.

Follow Okun beachwear on Instagram @okunbeachwear
Find out more on okunbeachwear.com5.De La Sébure

A merge of African tradition and European modernism, Designer Bernie Seb has put the African print at the heart of his designs but with a modern cut. It’s totally wearable in everyday life with its very graphic and classic cut. Made in Burkina Faso, a part of the profits go to an association for Burkinabé women. Great!

Follow De La Sébure on Instagram @delasebure
Find out more on delasebure.com6.By Natacha Baco

By Natacha Baco is a designer working in fashion, decor and accessories. We love how chic the label is; it’s perfect for more up-scale events. The brand is often worn by Fatou N’diaye the famous French beauty blogger.

Follow By Natacha Baco on Instagram @by_natachabaco
Find out more on by-natachabaco.com7.Bazara’Pagne

Each Bazara’Pagne piece is unique. Made with care by artisans, Bazara’Pagne embraces African craftsmanship to the max. We’re appreciating their unique approach to African print cutting it into contemporary, original shapes.

Follow Bazara’Pagne on Instagram @bazara_pagne
Find out more on bazarapagne.com8.Selly Raby Kane

Selly Raby Kane is a Senegalese fashion designer with unbridled creativity. Cartoonish and surreal, Selly Raby Kane flips and mixes-up Senegalese fashion trends. She’s one of the few designers to really change traditional African fashion clothing in a new way.

Follow Selly Raby Kane on Instagram @sellyrabykane
Find out more on sellyrabykane.com9.Kibonen NY

Kibonen NY was founded by Cameroonian designer Kibonen Nfi. Inspired by traditional Cameroonian clothing, West African fabric and New York’s vibrant fashion scene, Kibonen brings together all of the designer’s fashion ideals. Kibonen works with delicate and intricate hand-woven traditional fabrics made in the Western highlands of Cameroon in the Toghu. Definitely one of the more luxurious African fashion labels.

Follow Kibonen on Instagram @kibonen_ny
Find out more on kibonenny.com10.Chu Suwannapha

Originally from Thailand, Suwannapha studied fashion in Paris then came to live in South Africa. Easily recognisable by the colourful print, his first menswear collection was launched last February in Cape Town. The collection was a huge success, loving the mix of culture, modern African print and bright colours.

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