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Queen of The Brides
 

Why pretend to be a princess for a day when you can arrive adorned with there galia of a queen? A growing number of brides are referencingtheir heritage for bridal inspiration from the ancient thrones ofAfrica. They are taking their cues from Cleopatra, Nefertari, Makeda,and Queen Kahina of Egypt.

Upholding suchhigh expectations is challenging, yet can be found in the talentedhandsof a soft-spoken dress designer working in Texas. TeKayDesigns by Kimma Wreh is committed to serving brides who's dreamsbeckon for symbolism, prosperity, heritage, and culture be packagedand delivered into a collection of garments. Kimma has been designingethnic formal wear and bridal gowns for over fifteen years.

"I'mapproached by more and more brides who want to return to their roots tofeel connected to their heritage" explains Kimma. "I began designingethnic fashions because I received such a warm reception in the US bypeople complimenting the dresses I had created for myself.
I'vetraveled throughout the world from Latin-America to India and invarious African countries. I admire the creativity of the local artist.I've always been inspired by the craftsmanship of the local
artistswhen traveling back to my country of Liberia. I realized that thehand-made work the people were doing was so well crafted, that I wasmoved. So, in 1996, I began my business to produce authentic ethnicfashions for brides in the western world. I not only design thegowns, I create a complete set of ladies dresses and formal mensweartailored for the bridal party! Iemploy handmade construction by African artists to produce authenticAfrican-inspired and ethnic bridal and formal attire.

There are different variations of theethnic design types. Thetraditional African consumer whom I've experienced in Ghana and Liberiaprefers what's referred to as the "buba and the lappa". The buba
is aloose fitted blouse and the lappa is a wrap-around skirt. The attire isfinished with a head-tie or Gele atop the crown. However more upscaleconsumers are wearing high-end cotton prints. The trends out of Europeby African Fashion Designers is to incorporate fitted cotton printswith multi-colors; mixed with a solid colored fabric and often finishedwith lace. These western trends are now influencing the indigenousDesigners emerging out of Africa. The popular trends I'm seeing on thecatwalks by my designer colleagues in Africa are incorporating inspiredelements from other cultures. I'm seeing use of fabrics and ornamentswhich are traditionally from India or Asia and
even Latin-America.

Consumers in the United States tendto prefer a westernized fit to thegarment, with an ethnic finishing to it. They like to see some culturalaspects such as the embroidery, the fabric, and the use of beads,cowrie shells and symbols which are reminiscent of their heritage.These elements bring back their culture, even though they may bewearing a design cut that's very westernized in its material and fit.Many of my customers want something more colorful than the traditionalwhite bridal gown. Color is often symbolic. For example, gold is forwealth, red for the strong blood-lines, green for the land and goodhealth." states Kimma.

In the world of ethnic fashions, brides are investing into somethingmore than a dress. The ethnic fashions display their identity, so thisbecomes a theme for the entire wedding. Ethnic fabrics and
symbols areoften used to accessorize theme weddings and leave a lastingimpression. Ethnic accessories such as bouquets, headpieces or sashesare used to compliment the bridesmaids and flower girl's attire. The groom's outfit is usually color coordinated with the bride'swedding gown. A common ethnic trend worn by groomsmen is the sleevelessagbada suit sometimes worn with a kente shoulder-wrap, hat,handkerchief or tie. Ethnic couples are investing into somethingthat represents their family history; and must transcend down throughfuture generations. Cultural pride is a value that you can't put aprice on.

 
 
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