Kitenge’ is an African fabric worn differently for both casual and formal look by men and women. It has for the past years been on fashion but not so trendy like recently. The fabric which comes in different floral prints and other designs in different colors is back on fashion but with transformation from the native African style to modern trends. Unlike in the past where kitenge was worn by a chosen few for traditional functions like weddings and community events, Africans and people of African descent have proudly adopted the fabric for all events. Kitenge is sown according to preference, modern or traditional. However the prints on the fabric sometimes can dictate on the kind of style one should have.
The fabric is used for several accessories like handbags, head wraps, shoes, bangles, necklaces, blazers and even bed sheets. The prices vary with style and the quality of fabric, a good fabric in Kampala can be bought at thirty thousand Ugandan shillings and one may incur the same cost or more for sewing. The beauty of this fabric sometimes depends greatly on the nature of prints and colors, some prints and colors create a sophisticated look and others a simple casual look.
Model in Ankara blended with white fabric
he fabric can be paired with other fabric and it comes out beautifully however it’s advisable not to mix two different prints together as it may end up trashy instead of classy. Get your Kitenge this season you won’t be let down.