My Outfit: Fulani Top - Nerdly Beautiful | Onivie Skirt - Nerdly Beautiful| Sandals - Local Boutique | Earrings - Fanm Djanm
Hector's Outfit: Kaftan - Etsy (similar) | Accessories (Scarf and bracelet) - Goodwill finds | Joggers - Nordstrom (similar) | Boots - Aldo (similar) | Jacket - 21 Men.
"Style is a way to say who you are, without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe
Happy hump day my loves! This week we're back with another Fusion Series post (if you're interested, check out my very first fusion series post here to read about how I started this series :) ), with my good friend and fashion blogger, Hector of Geek-Q!
I grew up in the northern part of Nigeria, Kano state to be particular (shout out to northern Nigeria, woooot!) and even though my parents are from Edo state, which is technically where I'm from as well, I tend to refer to Kano as my home because I was born and raised there.
The Fulani people are known to be the largest nomadic group in the world, and are a widely dispersed Muslim ethnic group. They're traditionally believed to have roots from North Africa and the Middle East, and later intermingled with local West African ethnic groups, which is pretty much how they ended up in Kano. As a child I always admired Fulani people. The way they carried themselves with grace and beauty, and their strong sense of community. When I was about 10, I got to dance with a group of Fulani girls wearing a traditional Fulani outfit and it was easily one of the highlights of my childhood! So fast forward to now, it was only matter of time before I got around styling a Fulani attire.
For this outfit, I am wearing a traditional Fulani top, and for the bottom, I wanted to switch things up a little and used the Fulani wrapper to design this skirt using ankara fabric, with tulle underlining. I had so much fun making this skirt and I thought I'd give you guys a chance to own one, so if you're interested, be sure to pre-order here! I finished off the look with bead bracelets from Edo state. We're obsessed with beads, and usually wear them on our heads and around and necks and chest area (see here) so I wanted to incorporate a touch of that. :)
I paired this look with Middle Eastern style because Middle Eastern culture is another one I'm completely enamored by. I love almost everything about their lifestyle, and perhaps it's because I can draw parallels with their traditions and the cultures of Northern Nigerian cities like Kano. I also think their styles nicely complement each other which got me excited upon finding out that the Fulani people had traces from the middle east! It's funny how these things work out.
I'm so glad Hector and I got to do this collaboration. We were literally on the same wavelength through out the ideation process and put a lot of time and effort to get the outfits, choose a location, drive up to the location, etc.. It's almost surreal that this project is now a reality! Also, many thanks to Dillon for the amazing photography and for coming along on this journey with us, and for perfectly capturing the ideas we had in mind. You're the best! <3
I hope this Fusion series has been informative for you as it has been for me. It's been interesting seeing similarities in style, learning about their history and in some cases they've influenced each other.
Stay Smart; Stay Beautiful,
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