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LFW24 Woven Threads: Exploring the Power of Community in Fashion

From 19th to 21st April 2024 Lagos Fashion Week presented the fifth edition of Woven Threads. The season’s showcase, themed “Commune”, was a vibrant tribute to African fashion and its community spirit. 

Sustainability is often viewed through the pillars of economic, environmental, and social development with culture taking a back seat. “Commune” took an exploratory dive into the work of creatives on the scene through the African cultural lens of Community, the starting point of our creative process.

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Woven Threads stands as a beacon for ethical and sustainable fashion, rooted in the rich traditions of African artisanal communities. Since its inception, Woven Threads has focused on the drive towards a circular fashion economy in Africa. It embraces traditional textiles, waste management and the role technology plays in creating a sustainable fashion industry on the continent, based on the core principles of transparency, traceability, and longevity. By recognizing creatives as catalysts for social change, the initiative invests in artisanal communities, fostering livelihoods and value creation from source to product. 

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LFW24 Woven Threads: Picture of a star posing for the event
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LFW24 Woven Threads: An Opportunity to Learn the Beauty of African Fashion

LFW24 Woven Threads: Picture of stars showing their stylish look for the event

This season, Woven Threads V featured a lineup of activities open to the public. They include an interactive installation, workshops & live demonstrations of traditional craftsmanship & techniques such as tie-dye, and weaving, facilitated by Planet 3R, Afthonia, MITIMETH & Éki Kéré. Digital presentations by Kilentar, Boyedoe, and The OR Foundation, enabled viewers to experience the beauty and craftsmanship of African fashion from the comfort of their own homes. This further extends the initiative’s reach, making it inclusive and welcoming to a global audience.

Designers DUST OF THE EARTH, Bornstarng, Pettre Taylor, Y’Wandelag, Ajanéé, By Wuzzy, Oshobor, Éki Kéré, Kilentar, E.S.O by Liman, Ré Lagos participated in intimate salon-style presentations. They offered a unique opportunity for attendees to engage on a deeper level with the collections by touching, feeling, and interacting with them up close against the backdrop of materials used in the creative process. Beyond merely conveying narratives, these presentations are utilized to inform, educate, and advocate for the beauty of African fashion.

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LFW24 Woven Threads: Picture of two models wearing the same African garment for the event
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By showcasing garments crafted by local artisans through the exhibition, digital & physical presentations, Woven Threads V highlighted the meaning behind the creations. But that’s not all, it also celebrated the communal bonds forged in the creative process. With models taking center stage this season, Woven Threads V “Commune” mirrored the tradition of storytelling under the moonlight, inviting people to gather and connect through shared experiences, thereby fostering a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of communities across the continent.

For more information and updates on LFW24 Woven Threads V, please visit Lagos Fashion Week’s official website and follow us on social media @lagosfashionweekofficial.

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