Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: August 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For the love of all things Ankara... and a bit of a history lesson on the origin of Ankara

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And so the verdict is in!  When I asked this question, it did not even occur to me that I was actually conducting a poll.  I just needed an answer to a question that had been on my mind for years!  And my goodness, the response has been overwhelming.  Wow guys!  Thank you all so very much!

The best part of (what I would now call a survey) is that I learnt a lot!  I even discovered this new kind of fabric I never knew existed called Japanese Cotton.  It is amazing what you learn when you do a bit of research.  And the best part it, it was great connecting with people and rubbing minds with them.  I could really get used to this social media thing...

But you know what the really interesting thing is... 

The general idea is that ankara is african.  Let's even forget the fact that it is actually produced in Holland, from my little research, it turns out that ankara is actually Indonesian in origin.  I know right?!  

Here is just a tiny peek at the article without going too deep into a history lesson...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What makes ankara ankara?! Is it the print or the fabric?

OH for the love of all things ankara!  Ok this is just a random post from my random musings on a question I have been asking designers for years.

Yes we all love ankara!  And it's not so difficult to understand why.  The vibrant print!  The versatility of the fabric - like seriously anything and everything can be and is made from ankara. And of course, it's the fabric of choice for many designers because it is readily available and easy to work with PLUS it is made from one of the most durable fabrics that can withstand the highest temperature from an iron without melting or leaving an obvious shine (well obviously because the print "outshines" the shine).  

BUT the real question I have been asking for years is:

What makes ankara ankara?!  Is it the print or the fabric?

Monday, August 8, 2016

By far my FAVOURITE picture of the week!

I'm sorry I still can't get over this picture!  It is too deep!

If you missed this post on our Instagram page, here it is again.  

"As ‪#‎hilarious‬ as this ‪#‎picture‬ is there's a ‪#‎serious‬ ‪#‎lesson‬ to ‪#‎learn‬ ‪#‎here‬ It does not matter how the ‪#‎world‬ sees ‪#‎you‬ what is ‪#‎important‬ is how you ‪#‎see‬ ‪#‎yourself‬ ! I still can't stop ‪#‎laughing‬ though... 😄😄😄 ‪#‎thought‬ for the ‪#‎week‬ ‪#‎love‬ yourself ‪#‎believe‬ in yourself ‪#‎think‬ ‪#‎great‬ ‪#‎thoughts‬ "

Meanwhile.... if you did miss it, how is it possible you are not following us on Instagram?!  You really should!  Our handle is: 


And don't worry, we always follow everyone back! ;-)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Why do we designers / tailors have SUCH a bad reputation around here?!

From Twitter...

Chei!  We "tailors" have suffered! Lol!  This seems to be the constant song around here!  Why oh why are we now the SI unit for lies, dishonesty and disappointment?!  

I was still talking about this same issue on the Martwayne Facebook group a few weeks back (yes we do have one for sharing ideas, seeking advice on anything fashion related that is bothering us and also asking for critiques on our work - you can click here to join us Join our Martwayne Facebook Group) and made a mental note to write about this topic.  I had procrastinated on it for so long until I saw this meme on Twitter:

... and I said to myself "okay nah... enough is enough.  It's high time I addressed this on the blog".

Yes oh... I won't lie.. I laughed and laughed when I saw it!  I really could not stop laughing.  But as hilarious as it is, and sad as it is to admit.... it actually is true!  It is a really serious issue around here! And truth be told, this awful reputation is really wrecking our reputation as professionals - and believe it or not... our businesses as well!