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Nigerian artist Nike Davies-Okundaye currently has a retrospective exhibition of her work spanning more than 40 years at the Gallery of African Art in London.

Time: October 9th to November 22nd, 2014

Where: Gallery of African Art

9 Cork Street,

London W1S 3LL.

Tel: +44(0)207 287 7400

Enquiries: info@gafraart.com

Website: www.gafraart.com

 

Old and New WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts COUNTRY: USA WHEN: 2009

 

 

Always a fan of white, I think it is as easy to wear as black; with the added crispness and freshness in the look. So this week’s cool tee really resonates with me. I am also a huge fan of asymmetry and this is done so stylishly. Loving it!

This deconstructed classic white T-shirt with the offset centre seam is made in Italy from heavyweight cotton and can be found on Oki-Ni.

 

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Aren’t Alpacas just so cute. Apart from their cuteness they also produce Alpaca Yarn a lustrous and silky natural fiber and tends to be warmer and not prickly in comparison to wool. It is also soft and luxurious and tends to have a glossy shine compared to regular wool.

image courtesy of this greenearth.wordpress.com

The Alpaca yarn we use in our extra chunky cowls are of the Peruvian variety. Alpaca is often compared to cashmere with the latter seen as one of the most luxurious fibres especially in the production of fashion pieces. Interestingly Alpaca is now seen as a far better alternative to cashmere.

Extra Chunky Knit Alpaca Cowl/Snood in Midnight Blue

The grasslands required to sustain cashmere producing goats are vastly depleted in China as a result of a great interest in the fibre in the 90s which lead to a continuous fall in its price. In addition to that fact, Alpacas literally have a smaller environmental footprint than goats, where their soft, padded feet are gentler on the terrain and they can graze without destroying root systems. With a faster rater of wool growth, they also produce far more wool than goats do in the same amount of time.

A fact that we quite liked here at Urbanknit is that a human is involved in every step of the process to convert the fibre to usable yarn!

 

Extra Chunky Knit Alpaca Cowl/Snood in Cream

As though you need more, here are more reasons to love Alpaca! Alpaca is similar to cashmere in water absorption as both absorb almost no moisture. Alpaca is soft and less itchy against the skin Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally windproof. Alpaca features less shrinkage (washable). Alpaca is highly breathable Alpaca offers great warmth for the weight. Alpaca keeps you warm in wet conditions. Alpaca is flame resistant. Alpaca is very low in static electricity. Alpaca does not hold debris and stays cleaner for longer. Alpaca is stain resistant and resists acquired odours. Alpaca is all natural and biodegradable. Alpaca has natural luster.

Are you tempted to give it a try? Go on, you know you want to!

 

This week’s fabric selection is of the Adire (tie-dye) variety. This is a handmade, hand-drawn batik fabric from Nigeria.

Handmade by Sunday himself using an intricate method of drawing the patterns by hand in wax and then dyeing and melting in various stages to produce this intricate layered fabric design. This is one of my persnonal favourites. It was love at first sight!

Here’s what we did with it.

1. PURPLE THAMES ZIPPER POUCH

2. PURPLE THAMES IPAD SLEEVE

3. PURPLE THAMES SUPERSNAP CLUTCH

4. PURPLE THAMES BEE BAG

Those in the know are aware that prints can actually be very versatile. I personally believe that the numerous colours used in the pattern design allows you to wear your print pieces with so many other colours and with numerous variations.

Here is an example of one way to do this. Our humming bird jacket has shades of green, plum red, mustard yellow and various other colours. With this outfit you can wear these shades as block colours for the rest of your pieces.

So simple, so fun!

How would you wear yours? Fewer colours? Classic white? Please share.

 

Born To Win WHERE: Takwa Bay, Lagos COUNTRY: Nigeria WHEN: April 2012

This week our spotlight is on the Sunrise Ankara print fabric. This was without a doubt one of the most popular fabrics we have ever had, universally popular among customers from all over the world. We are looking to get more in and will keep an eye out for when it does come back. Here’s what we did with out stash!

 

1. SUNRISE ANKARA PRINT SUPERSNAP CLUTCH

2. SUNRISE ANKARA PRINT ZIPPER POUCH

3. SUNRISE ANKARA PRINT IPAD SLEEVE

 

 

 

 

 

Elegance doesn’t have to be all muted colours and plainess. Our Tropic Swim Minisnap clutch is the perfect accessory if you want to pop with colour and make a statement, albeit a subtle one. This print clutch is a great way to make a statement without being overstated. Mixing colours and a mix of textures will give you the look!