Rwanda : Why some women do not wear outfits made of African fabric
African fabric (Kitengi) that is used to symbolize conventionality and conservatism today has been for long thought of as fit for elderly women who have no business looking beautiful.
Many women confess they would never wear this fabric because it’s for the elderly in villages but not for young fashionable people living in cities and towns.
With evolution of fashion, African fabric material is used to make the most elegant outfits due to its texture, inspiring designs and fabulous multi colours. Most fashion designers have found the use of kitengi
Designers have resorted to fully utilizing the kitengi attire due to its diverse colours and designs to make desirable clothes for models on the catwalks, beauty pageants, party wears, casual wears to mention a few.
Armed with your African fabric in any colour and design of your choice, all you will need is a design and a tailor to work the magic.
The outfit can be made in the form of dress, skirt and blouse, trousers or shorts. You can get inspirations from fashion magazines or create your own style but remember you are not limited to the designs just because it’s an African fabric.
African fabrics are available in almost all shops in Kigali and there are some business people specializing in selling Bitengi from mainly Congo and Uganda.
While kitengi outfits were designated for family functions like introductions or burials in the first, this time around you can wear it to any occasion that calls for elegance and sophistication.
That is to weddings, dinners, fashion shows, corporate functions, family parties you name it and your kitengi outfit will fit perfectly depending on its design.
Whichever function you decide to use it for, you will look smart and unique with your unique design. This type of fabric allows you to explore colours and textures from other African countries much to your advantage.