Spring Break Fashion & Design Camp 2018
Monday, April 2nd - Friday, April 6th, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Instructed by Erika Randolph · For Ages 11-17 · Limited Space Available
Fashion is an integral part to informing how we feel about ourselves and how we communicate who we are. Fashion is more than clothes, it is a language. During Spring Break 2018, we want to help empower our youth to express themselves through that language. Come and design your very own Ankara print outfit with designer Erika Randolph!
What is Ankara-print?
Ankara commonly known as “Ankara prints”, “African prints”, “African wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”, is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs. Ankara are omnipresent and common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. They are industrially produced, colorful cotton cloths with batik printing. The wax prints are part of a nonverbal way of communication among African women, and hereby they carry their message out into the world. Some wax prints can be named after personalities, cities, building, sayings or occasions. Thus, women use the fabrics as a method of communication and expression, with certain patterns being used as a shared language, with widely understood meanings. Many patterns began receiving catchy names. Over time, the prints became began to be used as formal wear by leaders, diplomats, and the wealthy population of both genders and are now popular throughout the African diaspora!
Again, fashion is a language and Ankara was traditionally used as a method of communication! Ankara is also vibrant, fun, celebratory, and perfect for Spring!
- Day 1: Introduction/Ice breaker where the participants will get to know each other
- Mood/Vision Board Making where you will come up with a vision of how they like to dress and how they would like to see themselves.
- Day 2: Let’s Create- Participants begin designing and pattern-making
- Day 3: Designs Come to Life!- Participants begin to sew their outfits
- Day 4: Sew! Sew! Sew!
- Day 5: Participants finish their creations and show off their work!