We have always wanted Ashanti Empress to be about more than just colourful clothes. Social responsibility is at the heart of our business and we love how direct the link is between our makers and customers!
Batik fabrics can be really beautiful, with multiple layers of wax added to enable numerous colours and textures within a design that is evidently created by hand. There are blemishes to the designs, they are not uniform in their appearance and this is a quality I really admire within the fabric. I went to learn how to make batik and this is a little BTS of how it is produced.
Yep, ‘tis the season and all that! This year (and always) we’re sacking off the tacky Christmas jumpers and plastic rubbish no one wants and our Christmas wish list is turning totally tropical. This Christmas more than ever it’s vital that we think about shopping independent, ethical and small so, from our home town Bristol all the way to Ghana, this round up features all of our favourite independent online shops.
African wax print fabric is bold and beautiful and it has a great story behind its origins and how it has developed to be an integral part of West African culture and fashion. We are often asked where we buy our African print cloth and how the fabric is produced so here’s a juicy little blog post to answer some of those questions!
This year has thrown a fair few surprises at the world! There is (shock horror) no festivals this year which turned out to be lucky because the trip to produce the new collection in Ghana turned from 2 months into 4! Our original plans of working with renowned Accra photographer @derrick_o_boateng to shoot the new collection had to be postponed because of the lockdown in the city and we had to go full D.I.Y!