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Saturday, June 10, 2017

It's a Wrap!

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I attended the Dance Africa dance festival and street bazaar in my hometown, Brooklyn, New York. Dance Africa showcases the talents of African and Black dance troops from all over the world, and the street bazaar includes the art, crafts, clothing, food, accessories and much more, of over 150 vendors. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Dance Africa, which was founded by Chuck Davis, affectionately known as "Baba Chuck." Baba Chuck" sadly passed away only weeks prior to this milestone performance.

Attending the Dance Africa performances always makes me so proud to be of African ancestry. African culture and its derivatives are so beautiful and impactful. As a Black American in the United States, I have to actively seek out African and Black history in order to get a more comprehensive and realistic depiction of the contributions my people have made to this society. I also recently visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., and despite the horrors of slavery, I was elated to learn more about the talents and gifts that we brought to America.

But I digress.

Prior to the Dance Africa performance, I browsed through items at the bazaar, and was immediately captivated by the dresses that were on display by His Inspiration WrapsYou know that camouflage is one my favorite patterns, so the dress on the left initially caught my eye.

These wrap skirts/dresses are amazing! Most of the dresses are made from gorgeous and vibrant African print fabric, and there are also faux leather and faux suede versions that are simply divine. The genius thing about these wrap dresses/skirts, is that they are all fabric. No buttons, no zippers, no snaps, no laces, etc. Think about that for a second - the owners of this business have to invest only in fabric and thread, in terms of materials to construct the garments. Their profit margins must be pretty high - and the booth was PACKED. They had a constant flow of traffic.

This tutorial on You Tube demonstrates how to achieve various looks with one garment.

I wore my camouflage wrap this past weekend and absolutely love it! I think I'll try the strapless dress version next.

His Inspiration Wraps will be vending this weekend at the Odunde Festival in Philadelphia. If you're in the area, check them out!

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