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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African Jewelry: Women often get bored with their old and outdated jewelry and die to try something different.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 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.


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 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?



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?



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?



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?


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?



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?



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.



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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

Recycled Glass Bead Necklace



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





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

Salad Bowl Set







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.









 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

African Print Bag









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



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.

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