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African Bags – A Great Accessory to Flaunt a New Style Everyday

In the world of fashion, you will always find new trends emerging every day! An African bag surely comes as a lovely option to keep for yourself in the vogue of the latest fashion trends. There are plenty of wonderful options available in African bags for accessorizing your casual outfits to flaunt a new style every day. Known for intricate detailing, amazing craftsmanship, and great designs, African bags offer women a chance to show off their unique sense of style and fashion while celebrating ethnic roots. If you also want to buy an African bag, you must read this blog to know different options and styles.

Medium Multicolor Raffia Tote Bag

Embroidered Handbags: If you are looking for something more attractive and enchanting then the African embroidered handbag will surely come as a lovely option to choose from. Featuring a wide range of figures, symbols and styles, embroidered handbags are the perfect choices for women from different walks of life. Embroidered handbags also come as a great option for those who want to add some dash of colors in their causal outfits. From beads, sequins, stones, gems and seeds to ribbon, African embroidered handbags have different materials sewed together with the colorful threads to give them a more vibrant, colorful, and attractive look.

Leather Handbags: Being durable and attractive, leather handbags are considered as the best women fashion accessory for carrying personal belongings in a safe and secure manner. Their availability in different textures, colors, styles, and designs make them the prime choice for women from different walks of life.

 

Purple & Cream Handcrafted Bone Button Handbag

 

Printed Handbags: Hand printed African handbags are surely a great option to flaunt a new style every time. Most women love to buy printed African bags because of their simplicity, uniqueness, and intricate detailing. If you are looking for something unique to complement your formal outfits, African printed handbags will surely come as a great choice.

Tote bag sunflower print

 

Sisal Bags: Available in diverse colors, styles, patterns, and sizes, the sisal bags looks quite elegant and beautiful with any casual and formal outfit. Their wonderful craftsmanship and intricate detailing make them a perfect choice to create a unique style statement wherever you go.

Red & Green Classic Handcrafted African Sisal Handbag

These are only a few choices available in African handbags. There are wide options available when you finally choose to create a unique and stunning style statement. All you need to visit a reliable and renowned African bags supplier to have a wonderful shopping experience. Click http://www.simbacraftware.com/african-bags.html to explore a comprehensive range of designer and quality African bags and buy one at great market prices.

Style Yourself with African Jewelry and Clothing for Different Occasions

Traditional dresses are becoming the new hot cakes of the market due to their lively colors, intricate craftsmanship and alluring designs. When it comes to jewel pieces and clothing of Africa, people just cannot get enough. From teens to older adults, everyone is looking for traditionally styled African clothing and jewelry to uplift their charisma during casual and special days.

 

Here are some of the occasions where you can try out these African pieces to transform your look:

 

1. At the Music Festival: Africa has a long history of music, from Djembe drumming to African dancing.  So, what will be more cool than choosing a piece of African clothing for your next outdoor music festival? A lightweight, easy to wear and airy dress is a must for any event.

 

 

Beyonce via Instagram 2015

Beyonce via Instagram 2015

 

2. At The Beach: The beach is a place where everyone likes to be a free bird and for this kind of place nothing can be better than African print bags. Bold prints will definitely enchance your look.

 

 

Made in Kenya

Made in Ghana

 

3. Out in the City: Everyone loves to explore the new places around the city and self-styling is an act that everyone cares about. From dresses to jewelry, there is a lot of choices in styles when it comes to African items. From colored skirts to Beaded Choker Necklaces, these elegant pieces of African items are enough to provide a new edge and twist to the traditional style of the wearers.

 

 

Handmade Clay Beads

Handmade Clay Beads

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you may pick from these African pieces, you are sure to get more eyes on you owing to the uniqueness found in African style. So if you are looking for an online store to get African Clothing or African Jewelry for sale, browsing http://www.simbacraftware.com should be your one-stop destination. Hundreds of designs in African clothing and jewelry are waiting for you to enhance your personality.

Give Your Personality a Unique Style with African Fashion & Accessories

Natives of Africa have kept their tradition alive through their unique music, life style & hand-crafted artwork. Apart from these arts and crafts, there are certain other African items which are also popular nowadays. Among these items African jewelry, clothes and bags are to name a few. There are also very elegant pieces of clothing that are really praised outside Africa as a new trending fashion wear. African clothes are the most colorful clothing having a unique style and comfortable fabric. Same goes with the bags which are the finest in quality and long lasting too. African jewelry is also one of the finest hand-crafted pieces of artwork that can beautify your personality and give you a different look. Find here the types of these fashion wears and which is the best place to buy them.

 

African Jewelry: Women often get bored with their old and outdated jewelry and die to try something different. So authentic African jewelry is a unique and stunning choice for ladies belonging to any age group. African jewelry is designed by traditional methods using local raw materials. African jewelry includes handcrafted earrings, bracelet, and ceramic bead African necklace etc. Featuring combination of style and tradition, African jewelry helps a woman to accentuate her look in the most elegant style.

 

 

Glass Beads

Glass Beads

 

 

 

Beaded Bracelet

Beaded Bracelet

 

African Bags: Do you want an elegant handbag that fits your needs? African bags are the new trend in the market that can satisfy your quest. These bags are the great combination of style and elegance. Made from the stiff fibers of sisal plant and other allied materials, these premium quality styled bags are quite long lasting.

 

African Bag

 

 

African Clothes: Africa is known for its rich tradition, culture and its beautiful clothing. Traditional Clothing of Africa is very colorful that boasts of intricate detail and workmanship. People have grown keen interest in wearing African clothes because of their extraordinary style, decency, and uniqueness. African Clothing line is made from pure cotton to offer a sense of comfort and coolness. So if you want to give your wardrobe something new and trendy, you should definitely try African clothing. Be it for women, men or kids, there is always a wide variety of clothes available to choose from. When it comes to African Clothes choosing the right textile is the key.

 

Ankara Fabric

Ankara Fabric

 

 

 

Buying African clothing and accessories online is not a new thing now. Simba Craftware is one of the top sources on the internet for availing various types of artwork from Africa. Our company has set a landmark when it comes to rendering the high quality of African clothes, African bags or African jewelry. Visit http://www.simbacraftware.com today to buy one of the best quality African fashion wears. Order online for a hassle free and safe delivery at very reasonable price and share your experience in comments below.

 

Top 5 African Souvenirs To Buy

Africa has gained wide recognition due to its distinct forms of arts, musical instruments and crafts. Truly inspired by the untouched form of nature, African Art is widely demanded in the East as well as West for some of its uniquely designed items. In this blog, we are listing some of Africa’s most beloved items.

 

African Sculptures: Sculptures have been cherished among the civilizations since the early days of humanity. African sculptures are known for their irregular shapes and styles that offer a deeper insight of African cultures, wild animals as well as the tribal communities. These sculptures are made from different kinds of materials such as stones, wood, beads and other items.

 

 

Made In Ghana

Made In Ghana

 

 

African Bags: Accessorizing is the key to a stylish outfit. Just the right amount of color and size would transform any outfit from boring to va—boom!! African bags are made from different material such as sisal fiber, real leather, cloth and other material and can be custom made. These bags are a must have if you are looking for something different, bright and distinctly fashionable. So, the next time you are up for a replacement for your regular leather and cloth bags, try out African bags to carry your belongings in style.

 

 

Made in Kenya

Made in Ghana

 

African Clothing: African clothing makes the perfect choice to experiment with your basic wardrobe, Besides, African clothing offers a royal look owning to its bright color combinations and unique designs dating back to centuries ago. Many of Hollywood A-list celebrities are photographed wearing African prints and styles. Dare to be bold in block designs and vibrant colors.

 

 

Made In Ghana

Made In Ghana

 

 

African Jewelry: Known for uniqueness, elegance, and quality, handcrafted African jewelry is considered as one of the most demanding forms of jewelry at the present day. When it comes to African Jewelry, nothing beats the uniqueness of style found in an assorted range of African pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and another designer tribal jewelry. Primarily cherished for cultural significance, African jewelry has now established in the fashion market as a new trend of self-adornment. This specific form of jewelry can be found made from different specific materials that include stones, bone, shells, wood, glass or shells. What’s your pick?

 

 

 

Made In Kenya

Made In Kenya

 

African Crafts: There exist a wide variety of African crafts that ranges from animal figures to masks, daily usable items to tables, and many others. Whether you are looking for an elegant piece to decor your interior or you are just seeking for an exclusive gift to present your sibling, African crafts offer an affordable and enticing range to choose from.

 

Made in Kenya

Made in Kenya

 

So what are you waiting for? Shop for an exclusive piece of African art from an online store to make up your mind. Clothing, bag , jewelry or craft, the list goes on and on. Beware of the fake sellers over the internet when it comes to African art! Just browse http://www.simbacraftware.com to witness an assorted range of original African art and decor by African artists.

 

 

Traditional African Fashion for Women – Getting to Know African Fabrics

 

There is no doubt that African fashion has influenced designers around the world for decades. But, have you ever thought of what traditional African fashion is like?

 

Nigerian – British artist, Yinka Shonibare, was quoted “A picture of a pipe isn’t necessarily a pipe; an image of “African fabric” isn’t necessarily authentically [and wholly] African.

 

Simba Craftware has teamed up with Misi Afrique a ready to wear and made to order clothing boutique based in Minneapolis, MN and provided you with a few tips about traditional African fashion for women ..so prepare yourself for the need to instantly google a tailor nearest you.

 

 

African Fashion for Women

African fashion for women is wide ranging and tends to differ from region to region. However, in most cases, it tends to include headgear..

 

 

Gele, African clothing

Gele (head tie) – African Dress

 

 

Different styles include kaftans, blouse and pants or skirts, dashikis, etc. For special occasions, the material used is heavy and is richly embroidered. For casual wear, the material tends to be light, like cotton and may be tie-dyed.

For both men and women, the color scheme ranges from light, subtle colors to loud and bright colors.

 

 

1.   Is it important to purchase authentic Ankara fabric ? If so how do we recognize real Ankara from the knockoff?

 

Misi

That is a very interesting question because “Authentic Ankara” is usually very expensive. Nowadays there are so many designs out there that will not necessarily be described as “Authentic Ankara” but look just as nice. And African fashion is now more visible than ever so manufacturers of Ankara are trying to cater for all in their designs.

 

 

 

Ankara/Dutch Wax Fabric

Ankara/Dutch Wax Fabric

 

 

 

2.       Is mix matching patterns ok?

 

Misi

Yes it is, if it is done well, mixing Ankaras can be very lovely but it takes someone with a good eye for the Ankara fabrics to know the right Ankara patterns to mix together. Otherwise I would advise that mixing Ankara with matching plain color fabrics is a lot easier to do than mixing different Ankaras.

 

 

 

Beyonce via Instagram 2015

Beyonce via Instagram August 2015

 

 

3. Are most dresses/outfits custom made or ready to wear?

 

Misi

The funny thing is when I started Misi Afrique I went in with the mind of making ready to wear my primary market but after being in the business for just two years I have come to realize that over 70% of my customers still opt for custom orders.

 

 

4. Is Ankara ok to wear to the office?

Misi

Totally. so long as is a business appropriate and it is put together well, why not. With that said if your office has a no shorts policy, wearing Ankara shorts will not make it acceptable :)

 

 

 

 

African Clothing via Pinterest

African Clothing via Pinterest

 

 

 

 

5.       Do you have any fashion rules when putting an African inspired outfit together?

 

Misi

The general fashion rules apply to putting together African inspired outfits. Know your body type and wear something that will flatter it.

 

 

 

6.  What are some of your favorite African fabrics?

 

Misi

Nowadays there are so many beautiful fabrics out there. In fact I have noticed that there is a kind merging between what is identified as African and what is not. Some of my favorite “African fabrics” like tulle, Ankara and guipure are now seen all around the stores and are represented as non-African.

 

 

 

African fashion - by Misi Afrique

Guipure lace & Ankara shorts –  by Misi Afrique

 

 

7.      With so many African inspired dresses, skirts, tops and etc. sold at department stores, where do you see African Fashion in the future?

 

I started Misi Afrique with the mind that one day it will be displayed in large department stores along with non-African clothes. So I believe that is exactly where African fashion is headed – the mainstream, where it will be wore by everybody, everywhere and for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

Have you heard about Misi Adeniyi?

 

 

African Clothing - Oyin Skirt

Hi. My name is Misi Adeniyi and I am the Creative Mind behind Misi Afrique, a ready to wear and made to order clothing boutique for men, women and children.  I started Misi Afrique in 2013 after struggling with the idea of starting my own African inspired clothing line. Many years before then I had designed clothes for many friends though nothing serious but as the years grew, the desire to dress people became more attractive to me and so I decided to take a plunge into the business side of things. The journey so far has been fun and I am excited and a little nervous, about what the future holds for Misi Afrique.

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

Hmmm. I love to stand out, in a trendy, elegant and classy way, I know I can sometimes be a little flashJ. I wouldn’t describe my style as loud or too crazy more like dressing for the occasion.

 

 

Find Misi Afrique  @ www.misiafrique.com

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Instagram https://instagram.com/misiafrique/

 

 

 

 

 

Best Unique Mother’s Day Gift 2015

Mother’s Day is approaching and finding a last minute gift for the woman in your life can be hectic. Don’t panic and splurge on a fancy overpriced brunch or settle for department store gifts. We’ve put together a list of some unique gift ideas to help you find the right one.

 

The Bold Necklace

If your mom is more fashion forward, here’s a great statement necklace. It can be worn for virtually any occasion, from work to a fancy evening event. These beads are made from recycled glass.

African Necklace

www.simbacraftware.com

Recycled Glass Bead Necklace

$38.00

 

For the Philanthropist

For donations of $50 or more, Books For Africa will send a handwritten note card or email notification to your honoree.
Please provide his/her full name and address or email.

 

Call the BFA office at (651) 602-9844 if you have questions.

Books For Africa

www.booksforafrica.org

 

 

 

 

Conversation Starter

Does your mom love hosting dinner parties and cook outs with family and friends? This is a awesome salad bowl set. These handcrafted salad servers are carved from wild olive wood, an East African tree prized for its dramatic grain patterns. A portion of the handle is embellished with a batik dyed, decorative inlay of cow bone. These durable salad servers are an essential kitchen accessory for any hostess, plus they help support Kenyan artisans, Measures 12”L x 3”W.

 

Handcrafted African Wood Bowl

www.swahilimodern.com

Salad Bowl Set

$24.00

 

 

 

 

 

For The World Traveler

Has your mom traveled the world and back? If so we guarantee that she’ll appreciate a trip to the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, Mn a internationally-themed public market with groceries, great food and unique gifts. There is no better place in the Twin Cities to satisfy her senses. So if you have no clue what to buy, plan a visit to the Midtown Global Market and explore African, Tibetan, and Scandinavian and many other cultures.

Gift Certificates available for purchase.

 

midtown-global-market

www.midtownglobalmarket.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Baby Bag

 What new mother doesn’t need the perfect bag. If your’e shopping for a new mother who needs to carry around a lot of baby items, why not buy a chic all purpose bag.

Animal Print

www.simbacraftware.com

African Print Bag

$45.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone Case

IPhones aren’t cheap and can be costly to repair if damaged. Surprise her with a protective and stylish phone case. She will thank you later!

African Print Design Phone Case

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Kintinkantan

$20.00

Are You Shopping Ethically This Season?

Did you know that Dec 2nd is Fair Tuesday? In response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Fair Tuesday is devoted to shopping ethically and saving a ton of money. Studies show that if every Black Friday shopper supported Fair Tuesday on Dec 2nd, $1.15 Billion would go directly to fair trade workers and their families.

Now that is something to support!! #Fair Tuesday is for the creative, fun loving and open hearted individual. Check out our selection of Fair Trade items and support the cause!!

 

 

Don’t worry if you miss #Fair Tuesday great deals last throughout the holidays!!

 

1. Assorted African Batik Headbands -  Handmade In Ghana

 

African Batik Headband

 

2. Five Pack Christmas Greeting Cards – Handmade In Rwanda

 

 

Handcrafted African Christmas Cards

 

 

 

3. Sisal Handbag -  Handmade In Kenya

Sisal Handbag

4. Recycled Tin Art – Made in Zimbabwe

African Tin Art

 

5. Recycled Metal Art – Made In Zimbabwe

African Metal Shavings

 

 

Visit www.simbacraftware.com to shop for unique gifts handmade in Africa.

 

 

5 Things to Know When Shopping For Authentic African Bags This Spring

If you are someone who loves to have a collection of bags, it is worth your while to explore African Bags. These bags are exotic and are considered one among all as they have unique designs and patterns. The reason for their popularity is that they are handmade which ensures quality material and design.

 

African bags are a great way to experience the culture of Africa and add a perfect blend of sophistication and style to your spring wardrobe. African bags have bold prints and will add a great touch to any look. After all, when putting together the perfect spring outfit, we all need that special piece that will make you the envy of the crowd.

 

Here are a few essential things you might want to consider when shopping for African bags:

 

1. Make sure you are buying from a reputable retailer of African items.

 

Online shopping can be a bit intimidating for a person new to buying items online. We can only imagine the worst when shopping for items from across the world. Purchase from retailers that are capable of shipping worldwide and have great reviews and online presence.

 

simsearch

 

2. Have A Look In Mind

 

Keep in mind there are many styles of African bags such as; crossbody bags, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, clutch purses and so on..Knowing exactly what style you are going for helps in your search for the perfect bag.

 

african crossbody bag          african cloth bag

 

3. Get Familiar With Different Fabrics and Fibers.

 

African designers have many different types of textiles and plant fibers to choose from when designing handbags. Kente cloth is very popular in West Africa. While usually stiffer fiber from the sisal plant is used to make handbags in Eastern countries in Africa.

sisal bags

 

african kente cloth

 

 

4. Stand Out From The Crowd.

 

These bags can be taken to the office or for everyday use.  African bags are spacious and help you carry as many things as you want, while being fashionable.  The designs made on them are of the very African culture that you will observe when visiting the continent and many people will admire the uniqueness of the bag.

mudcloth_leather_bag

 

 

5. Be Creative

 

African Bags are so versatile. One bag can be used for many things. For instance the African Baobab bag is not only a cool travel bag but can also be used as a sturdy and stylish baby bag for diapers, toys and etc. or everyday tote.

African Travel Bag

 

The 3-in-1 bag can be worn as a crossbody bag or shoulder bag. The options are endless so don’t be afraid to use your imagination and be creative.

 

African 3-in-1 Bag

 

 

Happy shopping :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Jewelry For Any Occasion

With African fashion becoming so popular worldwide,  African jewelry is another option to consider when shopping for gifts this holiday season. Handcrafted jewelry is common in Africa and now women everywhere are seen wearing colorful handmade accessories . Since African fashion is the latest trend, African accessories are considered to be the right choice as a gift. These items can be given for any occasion or festive reason. They are definitely attractive with a magnificent finishing. Women can boost their physical appearance by wearing the right piece of jewelry and will look stunningly gorgeous on any given day.

 

clutch purse    African Pendant Necklace

You can buy a wide range of products that include handcrafted bracelets, ceramic bead necklaces, earrings and more. This jewelry can be found in a great variety, which also has a reflection of the indigenous culture. The jewelry made in Africa is made up from local material such as raffia (leaves), coconut shell, aluminum, beads, recycled paper and much more, which are all fabricated manually by women crafters. Adorn your spouse or friend with authentic African jewelry today.

Bring African Fashion into your Home

There is no doubt that African art has a lot of soul. African décor items are steeped in African history and culture.  It doesn’t matter what item you get, you will find that it brings with itself a unique cultural attachment with it. So, go ahead and get some African fashion into your home. You will find that it changes the very character of your living space.

African Fabric

African fabric is the easiest way to bring African fashion into your home. African fashion fabrics are made from 100% cotton, but they are richly textured and wonderfully colored. They typically have warm tones that bring with them the feeling of warmth and coziness. Some of the best items to get in African fabrics are cushion covers and wall hangings. These are easy to incorporate into any room.

African Animals

A lot of African history comes from its natural environment. That is why a lot of African art depicts natural history in the form of animals like elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys, etc. You can get African animals made of stone, metals, wood and Raku beads. These are all hand crafted, hand engraved and hand painted. These African décor items can make any room take on a more magical feel.

African Ornaments

Many African ornaments also make for great African décor items. Even these ornaments are shaped in the likeness of animals found in the African continent. So, you can get brightly colored African wall ornaments in the shape of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, etc.

As you can see, no matter what African item you buy for your home, you always end up taking a little bit of the African history with you. Every piece of African art has a story to tell about its history and culture.

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