Madagascar inhabitants are comprised of a combination of arrivals on the island almost 2000 years ago. They came from regions from all parts of the world like Arabia,India and the African continent.
These early settlers became the pioneers of Madagascar culture and society created an amalgamation of religion, culture and tradition.
Modern Madagascar is a perfect blend of traditionalism and modernism.
Fashion in Madagascar
Malagasies take pride in style and appearance and fashion design is in a sense actually indigenous to the island of Madagascar.
Madagascar clothing is unique with spectacular designs and decorated with colourful and bright scenes of daily life. The colours are created from natural dyes like roots, berries and bark. There is a proverb at the bottom of a “Lamba”
Lambas are made with yarn spun by hand from natural silk. The dyed yarn is hand woven and the silk used is indigenous to Madagascar.
Accessories and clothing are palettes for creativity. Every village and town in Madagascar have people sporting the most exquisite traditional garments along with some imported style.
Malagasy indigenous fashions are created from Raffia fabric and Lamba garment and raffia fabric and weave. Extraordinary and versatile made in various brilliant patterns and colours.
The Lamba can be a shirt, a wrap or trouser alternative, used as a baby sling or made into a dress in a moment, This garment is fundamental for women and men as well
The Lamba is traditional dress in Northern Madagascar, “Lamba means cloth but refers to matching fabrics around the waist and around shoulders. Is some sections the Lamba is usually worn by men as ceremonies like offerings and burials. Old men in rural areas on Madagascar plateau areas wear them more often. Unlike men, many women wear Lamba at all occasions.
Traditional Lamba is used to brighten contemporary jackets and pants and as accessories to western style clothing.
A creative outer garment replaces sweaters or jackets and there is a wide variety to creates unique personal style. Malagasy decorative fashion has developed into the Kreole fashion scene. The Malagasy mix of creative indigenous fabrics blending in with accessories from neighbouring African countries and Eurasia.
The distinctive African flair in a Eurasian flavour. Malagasy designs are cutting edge fashion styles with a blending combination of Asian garments and European hairstyles.
Design and textile artists from Madagascar make a bold presence on the global fashion scene.
Madagascar design and textile artists shine out in the world of fashion making a bold trailblazing presence on global fashion and entertainment stage.