Cameroonian artist Serge Mouangue whose own cultural heritage and interest in the particular refinement of Japanese design was inspired to create designs based on West Africa and Japanese cultures, and he eventually launched Wafrica; a project which “encapsulates both West Africa and Japanese ancient sophisticated aesthetic to create a new territory, redefining our sense of origin.
Wafrica project is made in collaboration with ODASHO and has been seen in fashion shows across the globe.
Take a look at the beautiful garment below
“Taking it into the world, innovative variations of the African Kimono have been shown in New York, Dakar, Basel, Stockholm, Kyoto, Paris, Nairobi, Tokyo etc. The results are so much more than a blend of two existing cultures.”
“Tailored design cut, made in Kyoto in collaboration with 150 years’ kimono experience ODASHO, Wafrica kimono capitalise[s] on Japanese refinement and attention to detail combined with West Africa rhythmic density and vibration.”