SWIRL according to our Creative Director Andrea
Hello beautiful KAHKTI readers!! So the weekend has pretty much come and gone. I miss the TGIF posts because they do not apply to my life anymore hahaha! my weekends are just as busy as my weekdays. I always look forward to these blog posts. It feels less like work. So who has been at the SHOP recently? if you have, then you must have come across the swirl print shirt dress! My first thought when i got the print was that it had a striking resemblance to the nsibidi and an image of a tribal scarification that i came across when i was doing a research years ago. Note that some of the images might be a bit too graphic.
Of course my blog post always comes with a teachable moment. So who's ever heard of NSIBIDI? Nsibidi is an ancient African system of symbols indigenous to the South Eastern parts of Nigeria. These symbols which dates back to 16th century [some researchers state earlier dates] are divided into two parts : Sacred and Public. The Sacred symbols were primarily used by the EKPE Leopard SECRET SOCIETY which can be found among the Efik, Ibibio, Igbo and nearby groups of people. The NSIBIDI symbols are used to design UKARA EKPE. Ukara Ekpe is a woven cloth that is dyed blue and designed by male nsibidi artists to be worn by the members of the society. The symbol is also inscribed on calabash, head dresses and tattooed on the skin to name a few.
Hope you enjoyed the post! Nothing like styling while gaining a knowledge or two. Great conversation starter if i might add. Until next time BeYOUtifuls #KAHKTIKulture