How to Select African Fabric for Wedding Garb

Knowing how to select African fabric for wedding garb can give you a matching or complimentary look to that of the bride and groom. You can use the fabric for a dramatic flair for the big day, and you can use it as a statement of your personal style and look.

Steps

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    Find out what colors the bride and groom are going to wear, and then choose a color that either matches or compliments them. You don't have to match the style, but coordinating the colors will ensure that you do not clash with their colors in photographs.
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    Choose a style that compliments the look of the event or your particular body type.
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    Read ethnic magazines or visit ethnic stores to find inspiration on color, pattern or style. You can also look online to find ideas.
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    Select a pattern. Determine if any shape or pattern that you find has special meaning to you or the couple.
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    Weigh your fabric type options.
    • Brocade is a heavy cotton that has designs interwoven on it.
    • Waxed fabric has a sheen on one of its sides.
    • Ashoke, also known as aso oke fabric, is a heavy cotton blend that comes from Nigeria. This expensive fabric usually has eyelet holes and has embroidery that is bright in color. Traditional ashoke will have a flat finish. Newer types of the fabric come with a sheen that is metallic.
    • Look at the different types of Kente cloth. Kente cloth is an Asante ceremonial cloth that is said to be a visual representation of a culture's history and more.
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    Inspect the selvage of the fabric you are considering. The selvage is the trim that runs along one side of the fabric to tell who its designer is and additional recommendations. For African fabrics, it is recommended to look for seven or more stars on the fabric.
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    Buy your fabric to begin the production of your outfit. You can search local fabric stores or order the fabric online.

Tips

  • Make sure that you give yourself enough time if you have your outfit specially made. You will also need to allot additional time if you are creating a design that is not coming from a stock pattern for your seamstress.

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