Upcoming! Cameroonian Designer For African Wear/Design.
Did you know that African design is so vast and raw, so much to be likened to the crude oil of the modern fashion industry? I guess not. well, take a look at this photograph from 1917 at Foumban Cameroon.
You must be picking up some ancient design vibe. that’s because there is a lot of potential in the African culture, and African design. The problem or main hindrance to the uncovering of this potential, is the fact that we lack young and innovative designers to explore and uphold this wonderful cultural heritage.
A star designer specialized in African wear, is on the rise
Meet Zingha Foma, an African scholar and seamstress born in Cameroon. Zingha is one of those brilliant minds that see the potential in this African fashion treasure. She aims at spreading the histories of African textile, and modes of African dress practices.
“I’m 21 years old. I have always been intrigued by the production of garments so designing came natural to me. 50% of my designs are conceived by me and the other 50% are commercial pre-made patterns. I do this so that other people can access the patterns and remake for others, the clothing items I made. Many people have a misconception that this is a business and although it could be considered as such because I sell some one my clothes, I don’t particularly make clothes intended for sale. I make clothes with these ” African prints” to encourage African youth to reclaim their identities through dress practices. That’s what inspired this entire project to begin with.” Says Zingha.
Wait, you can take of some time to look at those photos. I did too. Man! She is her own model, she has got the body, and the looks. I mean how awesome are those designs?
“I’ve been designing since I was 11 years old, but I pride myself to be a scholar more than a designer. I study the history of African textiles, a history that inspires some of my designs and the materials I use to sew.”
The peculiar thing about Zingha, is the fact that she has got the hands and the brains too. She sews. She knows it is all about matching the textile and modes, with recent fashion trends, to come out with the perfect Afro-modern attire to suit the lovers of the African wear and culture. That is who a designer is. That is why she is a designer and that is how smooth she can be.
Zingha is proud of designing:
Just to name a few. I mean you can check out the whole deal and more at zinghafoma.com
The departing statement was really one pregnant with wisdom for young designers and aspiring African fashion legends. Zingha had this to say to them;
“I will encourage young designers to go beyond simply designing and make designing a tool to produce knowledge and comment on the current conditions of our people.”
It is rather unfortunate that i do not sew, else I would totally have taken this advice, and made the most out of it. Nevertheless, you can. So make sure you do. Get a design or get a piece. Either ways, Zingha Foma has and is doing her part. The African wear is coming, really HARD!!!