For portrait photographers, muslin backdrops are essential for their studio work. One of the best backdrops for photography purposes, muslin is a lightweight material that can be used as a solid-looking background when hung flat or can be draped over surfaces to transform the look of a picture.
However, for Thandiwe Muriu, going against the norm is the drive for his success. Instead of using the usual muslin backdrops for portrait shoots, Thandiwe rather has a preference for African prints to match the costume on the model.
The photographer first put his African print camouflage background to test in his 2015 Camo Series where he shot several African print outfits on their respective fabric-matching backdrops as seen below.
Sooner, Thandiwe became obsessed with these backdrops and made it a habit. To him, these camouflage backdrops add uniqueness to his work and set his brand aside from the rest of the photography clique.
It is the award-winning photographer’s desire to celebrate, promote and popularise African prints through his photography.
In 2020, Thandiwe brought the second part of his Camo Series, five years later. He enlightened on the project, saying:
“The Camo series is a labor of love straight from my heart. It is a celebration of all things vibrant, beautiful and uniquely African… a celebration of me and you. Part 2 of the series celebrates our hair, reimaging traditional African hairstyles as the crowns of beauty we ought to treasure them as.”
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Volta Fashion Week, Awards and Honors will be happening this year from 10th-12th February at the serene Holy Trinity Spa and Hotel in the Volta region Of Ghana. Having an array of spectacular designers from both Ghana and other parts of Africa showcasing. This year’s event is fused with a special massage package for VIP guests. Ticket cost ranges from 50 cedis for students, 100 cedis single, 150 cedis double, 1000 cedis VIP and 1500 cedis for VVIP.
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All-African Leather Fair (AALF): the trade show organizing by The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association
(ELIA) from the first edition in 2008 up to 12th successfully. AALF brings together tanners, footwear and
other leather goods manufacturers, in addition of equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and
inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc from all over the
African companies and organizations are expected to constitute the largest attendance. The Fair is a
specialized one designed to promote the African leather industry and to enable it create an interface with
its partners within the continent and around the world. There is side events included occurring parallel
with the show Panel discussion, Fashion show, Fashion Zone, Leather Talent show.
Due to the Global market situation and the pandemic impact the leather sector in Ethiopia and Africa at
large heavily affected. It is expected that the upcoming AALF trade fair will play its role in motivating the
sector in market expansion, facilitating inter Africa business relation .Investment Attraction, Technology
transfer and etc… To motivate the sector The government starts school shoe and bag project under the
initiation the manufacturing sector “Let Ethiopia produce “ “ Ethiopia Tamret“ as the sector dependent
on inputs such as chemical, accessories and component supplier will be expected in wide participation.
Considering these AALF2023 will Have new components fashion show will be including some Africa
countries participations, Fashion Zone(where many designers will participating by showing the Fashion
trends) Talent show (leather products creativity, any innovation creativity in the sector ) in addition to this
Ethiopia Leather journal upgraded to Africa Leather journal (sector based studies ,research and potential facts for Africa will be published inspirational descriptive motto also included .
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