add color to your life!
rags ‘n prints
if you’re looking for ready to wear
- african print clothing with personality
- ankara dress styles that fit your body
- clothing patchwork of denim & ankara
- unique african fashion inspired outfits
- custom made garments with ethnic flair
or in need of tailoring services
- african dressmaker/tailor for women and men
- alterations for proms and weddings dresses
- custom made jacket & shirts for men
- jeans pants or jacket with ankara patches
- kente kufis or scarves, ankara head wraps or mud cloth hats
I’ve always wondered ‘why would anybody want to go see a seamstress to have outfits made or buy from their inventory while we have so many choices from the clothing stores. then it hit me that the answer is not further than looking at myself. when I was young, I got tired of tailors who failed to make the clothes that I wanted in the styles that I wanted.
not everybody has tailoring skills but you don’t have to. ain’t it great that you can have an idea any vision for clothes and have someone make them for you while you take care of the things that matter in your life?
the purpose of rags ’n prints is to provide ready to wear ankara style that is cool and stylish and make beautiful and unique garments that fit your body, style and budget. the goal is to use traditional and eco friendly fabrics with natural fibers in contemporary styles. beside denim, most of the material is sourced from africa or is inspired from africa.
denim is ubiquitous. made out of cotton, it’s as close to african as can be. all fabrics originating from africa are made of cotton or other natural materials. so why not put some africa proud on this perennial wardrobe staple? just add prints and give them a new life. rags ’n prints offers denim jackets and jeans with ankara patches or prints of african symbols that you can wear and look contemporary while making an ethnic statement. some call it jeans refashion but we call it jeans african fashion.
hemp is so raw that it was not thought of as material for clothing. a little similar to linen or mud cloth, because of its rugged nature, it’s clothes that peasants can wear. recently, it’s been seen on the runway and the rise in sustainable fashion trend has encouraged its adoption by people looking for more planet friendly modes of consumption. at rags ’n prints we see beauty in its texture and started using it combination with african textiles to offer you a way of wearing eco friendly as well as making an ethnic statement.
‘bogolanfini’ which literally means ‘mud cloth’, is fabric that originates from mali. it gets it’s distinctive rustic colors from dyes obtained from the mud. it has long been frown upon and used only in traditional settings until it started being used in home decor as wall hangings and other crafts that use african materials. all of a sudden, it surged in popularity as it found its way into the wardrobes of western men and women. rags ’n prints has long been using mud cloth to make kufi, bucket hats, rasta hats, but more particularly, coats and jackets that were the craze in the late 90s. you can have all types of mud cloth garments or accessories, either ready to wear or custom made to get a unique outfit that is a timeless piece.
african print, also called wax print, ankara fabric, is not originally african but has long appealed to the tastes of west african women who adopted it as their favorite cloth for dresses, skirts and head wraps. for a long time, western women shied away from the prints as they were deemed too colorful to blend in. people are slowly discovering its rich beauty, aided by designers who featured them on the runway and some celebrities who dared showing their colors in african fashion. rags ’n prints has been empowering women by helping them in the fabric selection, design and cut ’n sew process to deliver a finished outfit in contemporary style that fits your curves. people tend to think that we cannot make men’s clothes. far from the truth. we simply specialize in women’s but our background is rooted in designing men’s clothing.
in a sense rags ’n prints clothing celebrates the vibrant cultures of africa without sacrificing the modern look. we borrow from universal civilization: from the sleek angles of italian design to the draping ample shapes of japanese traditional wear and african robes and dresses, it’s a mix of afro eurasian forms of expression.
I strive to make clothes from materials like mud cloth, denim burlap and african prints in unique mix for women who want to dress in contemporary styles with ethnic accents. every piece is designed to enhance their figures by giving them the confidence to take on the world.
I can make any kinda clothes, out of any fabric, in any style, at any size, for women, men and children. unlike most designers, I create, cut and sew the garmentsI can create a style from scratch, make or modify a pattern, choose fabric, cut and make a unique piece.
I create pattern for designers to flesh out their ideas. I make clothes for clients who have a vision for garments they cannot find in stores. I give style advice and assist in fabric selection. I can also do alterations on garments that are ill-fitted or unstylish.
I put in a custom order for some pants that had disproportionate measurements (inseam, waist, front and back rise, etc...) and they were able to recreate it perfectly. I was very pleased with the work, it exceeded expectations.
April 28, 2021
Souleye does great work. He pays close attention to detail. He completed my job in 24hours. I highly recommend rags n’ prints. I will do business with him again.
September 28, 2021
A gorgeous custom made skirt was made for me by rags’n prints! I love love the cut, style and fit!
Rags’ n prints finished my order at the date promised and ship it rather quickly!
I will get rags n prints to tailor all my future orders!
Thank you very much 🙏🏽
June 28, 2021
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