An African Wear is an attire,cloth,a dress or any regalia worn to showcase an African culture and traditions.It can be a costume,sandals,bracelets,necklace,bangles,head gear etc.It also comes in many shapes,sizes and types.
An African wear can be made from wood,plastic,rubber,cotton,metal,gold,brass,bronze,silver and many more,it is usually made and manufactured in Africa.
AFRICAN WEAR AND GHANA
African Wear is very popular among the old and the youth in Ghana,African wear identifies and showcase our style of clothes we wear,the fashion industry is growing torrential in Ghana and it’s good to see that we have come a long way comparing African Wear(fashion) from our forefathers.Gone are the days when you see both the young and the adult wearing western style of dress to functions or ceremonies like wedding,engagement,funeral,outdooring/naming ceremonies,church and even during occasions like Christmas,Eid Fitr and Eid al-Adha,Easter,traditional festivals etc.
In the beginning it wasn’t like that,because our style of dressing wasn’t culturally invaded,Ghanaians at that time typically dress as an African,in those days you can tell from an African style and a western style of dressing,there wasn’t many television and opera shows to influence our way of dressing and sewing,so it is mostly like wear something to cover your body or sensitive parts,Mostly,common people don’t normally wear clothes to cover all parts of their body,the private or sensitive parts are just enough,but the prominent people wore clothes to cover all parts of the body.Moreover,the style of dressing was culturally and traditionally African wear but decent.There was no platform to buy or export some kind of materials as quick as possible such as nowadays,also the attire one will put up was strictly local or African wear since our ancestors in those days made what they wear,so everything they wore from head to toe was African wear or something cultural.
Ghana is known for its style of clothing especially Kente clothes,our forefathers use to wear home-made clothes and hand woven clothes,fashion designers weren’t plenty and also materials used to sew is also not in abundance like today,so they only sew with their hands with thread and needle.From Generation to generation,African wear has trended in our societies and it has been accepted as our tradition and culture.An African is always identified by the manner in which he or she dresses,and the way an African or a Ghanaian dresses should showcase his or her culture because culture identifies a person.
AFRICAN WEAR AND MODERNITY
African wear nowadays makes the people of Ghana and Africa dont worry too much of how and when they are going to get an attires for an occasion like they use to do some years ago because there are bountiful of excellence and talented fashion designers coming out from Ghana and Africa as a whole.African personalities and decent around the globe has also come to realize and accept their culture so now it is not a nine days wonder to see people of African decent and other cultures wearing or imitating African style of dressing.
Nowadays,it is very hard to see people especially the youth wearing baggy jeans,Ecko unlimited,Dada Darmani,FUBU and all those western attires.However,it is rampant nowadays to see Ghanaian’s patronizing or wearing their own,again,it is unique and smashing when you see people adorning themselves with African wear to church,mosque and other various religious festivals.It feels pleasant when you see people wearing African wear to work,school,church and various ceremonies,this notion does not only make Ghana fashion freak but it help boost and enhance the economy,it also highlight and showcase our culture,again,it sells our local fashion designers,seamstress,tailors and other local manufactures to the world.
On the contrary,patronizing our locally manufactured wear commonly known as African wear could also create employment and reduce the rate of unemployment and better the economy and lives of people.Some countries has state owned sewing or fashion industry that groom and train the in-coming talented and innovative fashion designers to supply the ever growing fashion industry and create jobs for the youth through such industries.
In Ghana Today, African wear has been accepted by the masses and people wear it to any occasion.Our celebrities and National Icons wear them massively on local and on international stage,platforms and programs to showcase our rich and dynamic culture,it also testifies how far our fashion industry has soar.
It is fascinating when you see TV news casters and presenters on African Wear.Now,every outfit or institution in Ghana both government and non governmental agencies all put on African wear on Fridays as part of the National Friday wear initiative.
All this instances corresponding to Africa wear tells us critically that the people of Ghana are ready to portray and patronize their culture and traditions if only our African leaders could bring up productive concepts,ideas and initiatives.