London based Nigerian designer Buki Akib and her eponymous Knitwear Label recently launched the WIVES collection of women’s bags inspired by the extravagant Fela Kuti and his twenty-seven wives. Using an explosive palette and contrasting textures, the bags offer a celebration of sensuality and individuality in honour of the lustrous world inside Fela’s Shrine. Each bag captures the essence of each of his wives; from the delicate Tola clutch comprising gold silk yarns and dusty lurex, to the bold graphic patterns of the Funmilayo bag. The Sandra bag features long sensuous tasseled fringing in sandy gold, whilst each piece is knitted with Buki’s signature use of traditional Yoruba hand weaving of South Western Nigeria.
Buki Akib Launches Women’s Bag Collection ‘The Wives’ Inspired by The Extravagant Fela Kuti and his Twenty-Seven Wives
Written by Terence Sambo
Saturday, June 9th, 2012