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.

 This was the image i came across years prior to getting the wax print. This image was captured in Sudan. Sudan is another region that possessed an ancient writing symbols known as the Meroitic Script. If you want to study further, check out studies on the Kingdom of Kush

This was the image i came across years prior to getting the wax print. This image was captured in Sudan. Sudan is another region that possessed an ancient writing symbols known as the Meroitic Script. If you want to study further, check out studies on the Kingdom of Kush

 Ukara Ekpe cloth worn by the members of the secret society.

Ukara Ekpe cloth worn by the members of the secret society.

  Above is an image of the NSIBIDI symbols for woman and man. I tend to explore the contrast between masculinity and femininity with attention to the African and Asian aesthetics. That's pretty evident in the style i chose to create with this fabric. It is indeed a dress shirt but with a boxy cut and also a slit on both sides if one cares to show off their stems! In line with the Asian Aesthetics i adopted the mandarin collar for the neckline.. Below is one of many ways this shirt dress can be styled.

 Above is an image of the NSIBIDI symbols for woman and man. I tend to explore the contrast between masculinity and femininity with attention to the African and Asian aesthetics. That's pretty evident in the style i chose to create with this fabric. It is indeed a dress shirt but with a boxy cut and also a slit on both sides if one cares to show off their stems! In line with the Asian Aesthetics i adopted the mandarin collar for the neckline.. Below is one of many ways this shirt dress can be styled.

 The shirt is still available  here

The shirt is still available here

 I paired the shirt dress with a faux leather culottes. I misjudged how warm the fabric actually was. It's a light weight cotton but it was definitely warm.

I paired the shirt dress with a faux leather culottes. I misjudged how warm the fabric actually was. It's a light weight cotton but it was definitely warm.

 For extra warmth, i added the black denim JACKIMONO still available  here

For extra warmth, i added the black denim JACKIMONO still available here

 The swirl shirt is still available  here

The swirl shirt is still available here

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