Our Vision For the Sankofa Collection
The word "Sankofa" means "Going Back To Your
"We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward and understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
With the Sankofa Collection, our vision
is to display Afrocentric and African-inspired bridal, formal, casual and
career clothing for women and men in conjunction with African arts and crafts
to the U.S. and international market. Connoisseurs of fashion and fine art
will appreciate the ethnic and embroidered attires being unveiled for the
The Sankofa Collection
portrays never before released afrocentric clothing designs. For example, we
used traditional Ghanaian embroidered symbols on three of the wedding
dresses in the collection.
| For example, Gye Nyame Ė Symbol of the
omnipotence of God and immortality of God Ė is deliberately hand
embroidered onto a white African inspired wedding dress.
The Gye Nyame
symbol, a prominent symbol on the African chiefís clothing, is a greatly
cherished and highly respected symbol in Ghana especially for the Akan
|| Another afrocentric wedding dress has exquisite gold embroidered
Akofena symbols representing the state ceremonial sword in Ghana, West
|In addition, we reveal
modern trendy female designs made of new revolutionary woodin fabrics mixed
with prints and solid color uplifting Afrocentric fashions to a new level of
The woodin fabrics, sold primarily in Ivory Coast and Ghana,
have not yet been exposed on a large scale in the U.S. where a proliferation
of traditional African wax prints and mud cloth abound.
Our goal is to expose the woodin fabrics
and a variety of african inspired designer clothing made of woodin fabrics
to the U.S. consumers. This will develop a greater appreciation for the
diversity and versatility of African fabric.
||Furthermore, TeKay Designs
is taking African menís clothing to a new level of sophistication by
constructing a dazzling variety of non traditional vests made of kente, mud
cloth and woodin fabrics.
|With the Sankofa
Collection, we introduce a new design in agbadas Ė in addition to
the full, long-sleeved agbadas, we introduce the menís sleeveless
agbada Ė a revolutionary design in which the daishiki is exposed
with itís eye-catching embroidery.
Moreover, we show the menís
wedding attire in the traditional 4 piece embroidered agbada (gown),
daishiki (long sleeved shirt), trousers, and kuffi which is worn by many
West African men for special occasions.
The embroidery on majority of
our clothing is generously and lavishly applied, a mark of the rich African
A keeper of tradition, the Sankofa Collection unveils Afrocentric and
hand embroidered bridal, formal, and traditional clothing for women and men.
The diverse and sumptuous legacy of African heritage is seen in the richness in our textiles, forms, patterns, and embroideries.
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