Nigerian fabrics have continued to gain global recognition as more European designers showcase ethnic prints at various fashion shows.
The top on the list of fabrics are the Nichem prints, a Nigerian block wax as well as tie and dye brocade.
At the 2013 Spring/Summer Fashion show in Paris, print fabrics by top designer brands such as Mary Katranzhou, Alexander Macqueen and Vivienne Westwood made the headlines.
The Nigerian Ambassador to France, Amb.Akin Fayomi, in Paris, said the development was
a positive one as it was also exposing indigenous designers to the global fashion scene.
“It has become a standard practice to have a Nigerian fashion fair in Paris; many local designers now come here to showcase our fabrics and designs.
“In May this year, Nigerian designers will participate in a fashion week here; although they mostly use foreign models, the fabrics and styles are totally Nigerian,” Fayomi said.
The envoy further said that the embassy would continue to support and create a platform for the designers to showcase their creation and foster partnership.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2003, banned the importation of textiles as part of efforts to resuscitate the industry which was moribund.
The development paved the way for global recognition of Nigeria’s indigenous textile and increased patronage by Nigerians for products of the industry.
Even after the ban was lifted a few years later, the industry remained on the path of recovery with more international