Tie-Dye Everything!

The art of tie-dying has such a long and scattered history that it’s extremely difficult to pin down exactly where it originated. Which when you think about it fits right into the ethos of this forever trending fashion statement…

Model - Isabella  Dress - Beyond Surf

Model - Isabella

Dress - Beyond Surf

The earliest surviving pieces of tie-dye clothing ever found date back to a pre-Columbian era around 500 AD. That happens to be such a long time ago that no one knows the culture that created the pieces or how they used them. Going from all back then to more modern history, the first modern memories of a culture practicing tie-dye come from Japan during the 8thCentury. It was called Shibori and featured tie-dye designs on flat tapestry-like cuts of fabric. At the time they were used to as special gifts, usually given to royalty and they were draped along the shoulders of said royalty to show how royal they were. Civilians also began to create pieces by themselves for themselves, but they usually preferred to hang the fabric from walls like priceless selections at the Art Basel.

Orinal Shibori

Orinal Shibori

In Africa, the countless and now famous Indigo Pits were found in the Hausa region of West Africa. These pits were used to make traditional African tie-dye clothing. The African technique differed quite a bit from what comes out of Asia. Through carbon dating, these pits are estimated to be just as old as the evidence of tie-dye found in 8thCentury Japan. And herein lays the confusion about exactly where the art of tie-dye originated.

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Fast forward all the way to the 1900s’ and that’s when the first instances of tie-dyed fabric made its way to the Western World. America was the first country in the West to see an explosion of this fashion trend that had been all over Asia & Africa for centuries. However, it didn’t take off right away… it wasn’t until the 1960s’ that tie-dye became popular in the States and it was all thanks to the hippies. The version they practiced and popularized was from Africa judging from the technique, designs and first instances of use.

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In more current times tie-dyed clothing seems to be one of those things that never really goes out of style. Sure it may not always be the most poppin’ thang happening in fashion and culture a given time. But, nonetheless, it’s always there! It wasn’t until Beyoncé stepped out on vacation rocking tie-dye earlier this year that it made a resurgence. And for summer 19 the trend seems to be taking off hotter than ever as a result. We’re certainly not here to complain about but rather encourage it. We’re loving it and we’re telling you about it because we’re positive that you’ll be loving it too!

Bey - Vacationing  Location - Unknown

Bey - Vacationing

Location - Unknown

Model - Ifetayo  Top - Kulcha Klothing

Model - Ifetayo

Top - Kulcha Klothing

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It's Bikini Season!

Although one can argue that it’s pretty much always bikini season in this here hot & sunny island nation. Summer has just officially started, so let’s get bikini clad and be ready to tackle summer 19!!

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Summer 2019 officially commenced last week on the 1st of June. Unlike every other season, one doesn’t need a calendar to tell that summer has arrived. The instant spike in mosquitoes buzzing & the sun pelting us extrasolar waves is always a clear indication summertime is here. But this season doesn’t only bring winged miniature vampires and buckets of sweat along. This time of year also brings with it vacation time (for the smart ones), Crop Over vibes, parties every night & beach days pun top ah beach days!!

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To celebrate this we’ve curated a list of the latest bikini trends to help you in locating that perfect piece… or pieces to shut down your IG with this summer. Leading the way in bikini trends for 2019 seems to be the color yellow & tie-dye patterns. No surprise at the latter as we did an entire feature on the matter. The tie-dye option is certainly the more unique and it will work perfectly with any skin tone or body shape. However, we think yellow has always been a very underrated colour. If you have a darker complexion then a bright yellow number is sure to have your melanin poppin’!

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If you feel like tie-dye and yellow may be too bright for your taste, then you can always go with leopard/animal print. This forever-classic style is always relevant due to some peculiar reason. The trend officially popped up in the 80’s and it’s been going strong every summer in every country on the planet. Leopard print on anything is always a good idea.

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The introduction of high-cut bikinis a few years ago saw the trend take off like bat out of hell. The intricate design of these pieces is tailor-made to elongate & lengthen the legs of all ladies who dare wear them. The look works well with any body type or height. You can couple the high-cut bottoms with a wide waistband top to really accentuate the look to your waist, stomach, and legs.

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Embrace the rise of metallic textures. This fashion trend originated in Europe sometime around late 2017 and been slowly gaining more and more traction ever since. It’s made its way into the world of bikinis and let us just say that we’re more than here for it. Bikini pieces with this look can be had in pretty much any style you want. The best part about it is that it is sure to look great whether you have a t-back styled bikini or a long-sleeved sun-protection piece. To put it simply when you dawn one of these suits you’ll shine like the star you are!!

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