Nigerian womenswear label Meena just released it’s SS’16 lookbook titled ‘Ochiagha’ which in Igbo translates to Neoteric Warriors.
The brand took to instagram to talk about the collection;
“We drew inspiration from various sources for our Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. As our first venture into custom made prints, we were influenced by ‘NSIBIDI’. Nsibidi is a pre-colonial symbolic means of communication among the Ibos, in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. The symbols were arranged in clusters to tell a story of victory, resilience, love & hate, peace and unity of a Nigerian.
Details are influenced by strips (ropes) to create a bound effect of unity and peace amidst the challenges and insurgencies (in the Northern part of Nigeria ) we are faced with as a nation. Further details are flap layerings of shapes – trapeziums, triangles, and rhombus. Hand embroidered Nsibidi symbols also run through the collection.
Architectonic undertones which is our core is visible in origami details and sophisticated cuts.”
Here are pictures from the beautiful collection below.
Credits: PHOTOGRAPHY: Lakin Ogunbanwo (@lakinogunbanwo) | ART DIRECTION: Lakin Ogunbanwo & Uju Offiah | Model: Aduke (@adukebey_) of@bethmodelafrica | MAKE UP: Stella (@stellasaddiction ) | HAIR: Bernard (@bernardsmiless )