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African Home Decor by 3rd Culture

I love discovering new African inspired home decor brands from all over the world. Have you heard about 3rd Culture? This brand caught my attention with their use of African fabrics in their designs. 3rd Culture is an Istanbul-based decoration brand. 

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Ankara African Print - Hottest Style Of The Summer!! 

Its not quite your parents’ Dashiki but this West African fashion trend is just as pro-black as afro puffs and dreadlocks. Made with hand made materials, pieced together stitch by stitch with amazing attention to detail, this Ankara print style has a fab swag that can be matched with any personality. With various articles of clothing available including mid-length summer dresses, ground sweeping flowing skirts, fitted or wide legs pants, full sundresses and more.  

The prints vary in color and pattern but share a common look with the multi-colored VOV pattern generally the center focal point of the piece. Originally Ankara prints were made by the Dutch and sold to Indonesians and once the styles reached Africa it was overtaken by the West Africans particularly in Nigeria and reproduced at home to become one of the most popular ongoing African styles to date. 

Today almost all Ankara print clothing (also known as wax print) is made in West Africa and with the current boom in the fad they are shipped are worn all over the world. Fashionistas are quickly figuring out the vibrant style can be worn for just about any occasion, whether to work or school, the club or church. There is never a bad time to bring out the Black Queen in you!!

Find these and more of your favorite Ankara (wax print) styles at Made In Africa Project online boutique in the QUEEN COLLECTION!


Mississippi Masala is probably not the first film dealing with India’s diaspora (in the movie’s case a double diaspora) but one amongst a clutch of much discussed diaspora films of the 1990s (X, X). It is also well documented on tumblr so the images are a bit superfluous. Except to say that Mina’s wardrobe is very much 1980s influenced “ethnic chic”, kind of a Gurjari in Greenwood aesthetic. With a dash of Janpath market (pic 3). It combines this with 1990s American fashions (that denim…) and a nod to Africa in some of the prints Mina’s parents wear as well as the African wax print furnishings in Mina’s room (pic 5).