The boubou is a traditional, formal attire from West Africa. The garment when worn at festivities or important events – the “grand boubou” – is usually decorated and embroidered. Inspired by her grandfather’s stories and images, L’Artisane took the traditional garment and gave it a contemporary twist. By mixing aspects of the past with the present, the designer is also reflecting the dynamics of her city Dakar, a city that has “elements of the now, while paying tribute to what was”.
I love how L’Artisane re-interpreted this classic West African garment. Her creations look stylish & fashionable and fit quite well into the current kaftan and kimono trend. My favorite designs are the piece with the green embroidery on the back, as well as the black & white boubou; the mixed prints one is quite the eye-catcher, too.
How do you like the designs by L’Artisane? Could you pull off the look? Comment below!
- Designs by L’Artisane
- L’Artisane on Instagram
- Photographer: Mamy Tall
- Production: Les Artrepreneurs
- Model: Codou Olivia