saw this on facebook. =|
This makes me kind of upset…
I’m yet to find the words to explain why I find this image so wrong
I’m going to look at this from a different angle right now.
Earlier today, my friend sent me an email asking me what I found wrong with the above image and I replied;
‘The fabric looks ugly and of low quality’
His reply was a simple ‘LOL’.
If you’ve known me for a while via my blogs then you’ll know that I have a serious soft spot for West African fabrics. It took me a while but these days I can tell brands by looking at fabrics (‘Are you wearing Vlisco?’, ‘That looks like Da Viva.’)
I’ve seen oyibo wearing ankara in Abuja and most if not all of them are not wearing the attractive fabrics. I think this may be because they buy the fabrics themselves. I cringe at the thought of these women returning home and proudly showing off their ‘African attire’.
On a side note, there was once Christian Purefoy had to wear aso-ebi for a wedding in Lagos on Inside Africa. I watched that episodes with my cousins and we all agreed that he wore it well, I guess this may have been because we knew the background to him wearing the fabric, i.e. the wedding.
I wonder what the story behind the above image is.
I’m going to need some Africans and black folks in general on Tumblr to calm down. I swear, Tumblr is like a breeding ground for folks to get offended at any and everything.
This picture looks virtually identical to the one that was taken of my fellow (white) Americans who visited the clinic my dad built in his village in Naija. They were just as excited to dress up and get their picture taken as these ladies seem to be.
I take images like these as a complement. Same as that video that is going around of the white American man that can FLUENTLY speak Yoruba. I believe he was motivated by his gf or wife that is Yoruba :) How many Nigerians or Africans born in Africa or the diaspora can say the same thing about their family’s language (i’m still learning mine)??
People are curious about your cultures!! That’s a good thing! :)
Seriously, they look nice. That material looks like it could be found in the local markets which we know LOCALS WEAR so cut the bs about the fabric not being authentic. The hate from some of y’all is not a good look and it’s very disappointing.
I want more tourists to venture into various African countries and I think images like this can help with that :)
Agreeing with the above statement, ya’ll need to just chill out. I mean, if this isn’t okay, then neither is “Wafrica” (incorporating African women wearing kimonos with African accents).
I think it’s uniting when people wear traditional clothing of other cultures. It’s beautiful c:
Shield; Amhara peoples; 19th century; hide, metal, cloth, leather
While this shield’s thick tough hide and round form are typical of shields from a wide region in east Africa, the silver and cloth embellishments are unique to the courts of Ethiopia. The conversion of utilitarian objects into high status objects through embellishment or changes in materials is one of the basic characteristics of African art.
According to the Ethiopian family history, this shield was used at Battle of Adowa in 1896.