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Niger

Kristyne Loughran

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Niger is a vast landlocked West African country named after the river Niger. Ninety-five percent of the population in Niger is Islamic, and the remainder are Christians and animists. Clothing styles worn by men and women in the Republic of Niger are well suited to the country’s geography and climate, and to its religious beliefs. Young Nigerien boys wear shorts and shirts and start wearing trousers when they reach adulthood. Men from all groups dress in long trousers with a large matching shirt,

African Fashion Designers

Victoria L. Rovine

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Fashion design is an increasingly visible realm of African creative expression. Fashion designers throughout Africa, most of them based in large cities, produce clothing in a vast range of styles. This small but growing industry has produced a handful of internationally successful designers and many more designers who have achieved prominence in local or regional markets. African fashion design provides insights into complexities of contemporary national and ethnic identities in Africa. It vividl

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