Imagine my delight when I recently discovered WAFRICA by Serge Mouangue. This Cameroon-born, Paris-raised, Tokyo-based interior and industrial designer and artist combines African fabrics with traditional Japanese kimonos to create his ‘WAFRICA’ series. After partnering with a Japanese kimono maker he produced the line using 18 limited-edition African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.
Says Mouangue, “I pursue and observe the complexity of different values and cultural identities in search of threads to weave a fabric which is a blending of these differences, and African Kimono are world heritage”.
I think it’s genius! The color combinations used are not found in traditional kimono fabrics and the West African printed wax cotton used doesn’t exist in traditional kimono materials. Though I may call it ‘fusion’, Mouangue doesn’t.
“I want it to be something else. It should transcend the boundaries of both cultures. It is a third aesthetic.” states Mouangue.
For more info, visit: wafrica.jp/