Funke's Trybal Marks

The Allure of African Waist Beads

The Allure of African Waist Beads
African waist beads have a history dating back to antiquity. In ancient Egypt, women wore them as a status symbol. Over time, waist beads found its way to other parts of Africa.  All my waist beads are one-of-a-kind designs. No two are the same. You can adjust them to be smaller by simply removing some of the beads. It is advisable that you order a size a few inches larger than your waist size or the size of the specific area of your body that you want the waist beads to sit at. The waist beads will typically wrap around the waist only once. 

Ankara/African Print in the US Workplace: Yes, it's "Professional" (Men's edition)

Ankara/African Print in the US Workplace: Yes, it's "Professional" (Men's edition)

Welcome back! In case you missed the first part of this post, be sure to read "Ankara/African Print in the US Workplace: Yes, it's "Professional" (Women's edition)" first so you can get the background story for this post. This post is all about showing you the different ways and styles that men can wear ankara print in the workplace and still look (and be taken) professionally and credibly. Please don't relegate wearing your African-inspired attire to "Black History Month," or for "special" presentations. Our outfits are not "garbs" or costumes. They are just regular clothes just like you would wear jeans or a dress shirt or even a blazer; you can swag in it too. 

Ankara/African Print in the US Workplace: Yes, it's "Professional" (Women's edition)

Ankara/African Print in the US Workplace: Yes, it's "Professional" (Women's edition)

A recent interaction with my colleague about a passing comment that African clothes/African print was not as "professional" in the workplace as suits or other business attire prompted me to write this blog post. I wondered how many Americans in the US think that African outfits are NOT, or can NOT possibly be professional enough to be taken seriously as business outfits in the workplace. What do you think we all wear in the board rooms in Nigeria and other African countries? As long as you keep the colors (and patterns) matched and your jewelry and other accessories to a minimum, there is no reason to not rock African print for your 8 to 5 grind. It shouldn't just be relegated to "Casual Fridays," or "International Day," as though it's a "costume" and not part of your regular wardrobe.

Ladies, here are 4 simple tips to keep in mind when you're ready to wear your ankara/African print outfits to the workplace. 

I've Just Bought My African Fabric, Yay! Now What? (Part 2)

I've Just Bought My African Fabric, Yay! Now What? (Part 2)

As promised, here is part 2 of "I've Just Bought My African Fabric, Yay! Now What?" Part 2 showcases some great women's designs, men's designs, and couples designs to give you some inspiration for your designs. Looking for what you can do with just 1 yard of fabric? Well, I've included some pictures for that as well. I would also encourage you to link pictures in the comments section of designs you also like and are maybe dying to get made! Enjoy! 

I've Just Bought My African Fabric, Yay! Now What? (Part 1)

I've Just Bought My African Fabric, Yay! Now What? (Part 1)
You've just bought 6 or 12 yards of ankara fabric!--yay! Now what? What do you do with it? Well, lots of things! Have you picked out a design? Do you have an awesome tailor/seamstress in you contact list? Have you timed out how soon you need your outfit? These are all important next steps to think about if you don't know how to sew yourself. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this topic where I show you a variety of women's, men's and couples designs to get your creative juices flowing!

No, That's Not a Scar; They're My Tribal Marks

No, That's Not a Scar; They're My Tribal Marks
Part of that identity development was learning more about my ancestry, including my tribal marks. The name of my business is called Funke’s Trybal Marks. “Funke” is one of my many Yoruba names, and “trybal” is a play on the word “tribal.” I chose this name to pay homage to my Yoruba ancestry; to pay homage to my tribal marks.

It's Pronounced "Kente," Like "Kunta Kinte"

It's Pronounced "Kente," Like "Kunta Kinte"
Kente print and kente cloth. What's the difference? Is there even a difference? Read this article to learn more about kente in general and learn about the difference between kente print and kente cloth.

Wait, Isn't Ankara the Capital of Turkey?

Wait, Isn't Ankara the Capital of Turkey?
Today's ankara designs include anything from pop culture images, landscape, fables, symbols, geometric patterns, and even images of presidents and well-known figures. Additionally, it is such a versatile fabric that it can be used for anything from home furnishings to bathing suits as well as special occasion clothing for adults and children alike. There is even plenty of demand in using them for personal accessories such as purses, shoes, and even jewelry.