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The history of African clothing culture

Release Time:2021-04-21 13:09
African clothing culture
As we all know, clothing is an important part of our daily lives, and with the continuous development of human civilization, the characteristics of clothing are constantly updated. At the same time, clothing has become an integral part of our human culture. From a global perspective, the clothing culture of Africa and Asia has had an important impact on the development of global clothing, and the Mesopotamia and the Nile River Basin are important birthplaces of the world’s clothing culture. In addition, affected by many factors such as politics, economy, and culture, each region has its own clothing characteristics. As an important birthplace of human civilization, let me tell you about the characteristics of African clothing.

If you have an understanding of African clothing culture, you will find that in the development process of African clothing culture, it shows very clear stages and is relatively simple. It mainly includes, from simple to complex and from complex to complex. Simple two stages.
For this stage from simple to complex, this is a process with a large time span. The starting point of this stage is primitive society. During this period, the clothes worn by Africans are mainly made of animal skins. At the same time, the leaves are put together to make clothes. In fact, similar to other human civilizations, due to the lack of necessary materials in primitive society, people can only use leaves or animal skins to make simple clothes, mainly to protect the body. Later, with the advancement of technology, Africans were able to obtain more complete animal skins and at the same time make relatively complete clothes. Next, in pursuit of the beauty of clothes, Africans began to try to capture a variety of animals, and at the same time piece together the skins of these animals to make all kinds of clothes.

However, the biggest disadvantage of using animal skins to make clothes is that they are heavier and inconvenient for people to move after wearing them. Therefore, using cloth as a raw material for clothes has become the main choice for Africans. At the same time, Africans use their rich imagination to dye these cloths in different colors and wear some decorations on their clothes. This also shows that Africans no longer only pursue warmth when wearing clothes, but also pay more attention to the beauty brought by clothes.

It is worth noting that although from primitive society to today, although the characteristics of African clothing have undergone great changes, there is one thing that has not changed, that is, the clothing they wear mainly shows the characteristics of fat, which is what we call Robe. Whether it is made of animal skins or cloth, Africans do not care about the workmanship of the clothes, nor do they care about the cutting process of the clothes, so you will see that most Africans wear loose clothes. In fact, the reason why Africans design this way is also based on their considerations, because for the convenience of life, many Africans use the clothes they wear as quilts when they sleep at night. If the clothes are too compact, it will be difficult to cover them.

It can be seen that at this stage from simple to complex, Africans not only pay attention to the warmth of clothing, but also integrate their imagination and creativity into clothing design, making clothing have multiple uses.
For this stage from complex to simple, it is mainly due to the continuous improvement of social productivity in Africa, coupled with the influence of European culture, making African clothing present different characteristics from before. If you are traveling in Africa now, you can hardly see the robes of the past on the streets, instead of jeans, shorts, suits and other clothing. Among them, in formal occasions, wearing a suit is the main choice of many Africans, which is not much different from the characteristics of clothing in other parts of the world.

In recent years, with the ever-increasing exchanges between people from various countries in the world, coupled with the widespread dissemination of international fashion trends, African women's requirements for clothing are also changing. The clothes worn by African women are no longer fat, loose and uncut, but more attention to proportions and curves. It is worth mentioning that in many internationally renowned fashion shows, you can often see the clothes worn by Africans. In other words, African clothing began to be integrated into international fashion trends.

Regarding the two stages of the development of African clothing, we can see that Africans’ requirements for clothing are also changing. From the initial pursuit of warmth to the pursuit of beauty in design, it shows the progress of African culture and people Pay attention to the display of culture in clothing.