Looking for Africa?
Today's NY Times featured an article about the fashion world's recent embrace of all things 'African'. Really, Africa is in style this winter? Who knew?
I think my real conflict is that I do find myself looking for these "exotic" pieces whenever I'm out shopping. My best friend is off to her native Mexico? Please get me a colorful bag. My mother-in-law is in Ecuador? A poncho, please. Friends to Puerto Rico? I would like the requisite black faux-leather flip flops that say "Puerto Rico" (ok, this is a sad example. But I do ask each and every time). There is even a major graffiti painting in my dining room of an indigenous woman (indigenous to which country, no one knows. But she looks damn stunning). I so want to believe that this is a problem of white Americans wanting to make money off of everyone else, but what happens when I am the one shelling out the cash to buy these pieces of culture?
By the way, if you really are on the hunt for awesome handmade clothing made from African prints, check out naKIMuli. Love her clothes.