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The son of an African textile broker, Yinka can spin a yarn about African fabric. It is all true and authentic, for African culture reveals itself in its clothing. Ceremonial dress is so important, for instance, that a Nigerian might personally select the actual cotton balls used in making the fabric!
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Outfits are a laid with meaning as they are with material. A male's special occasion set may include four to six garments, such as loose caftan robes, wide-waited trousers and a fila (cap). The counterpart for women would be long lengths of hand-woven fabric incorporating metallic threads and wrapped around the body. On their head they wear intricately twisted and folded turbans. Earth tones to iridescent and silver threads, African fabrics tell a colorful story.
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