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Congres ankara fabric, african wax

Tee Batik: Congres

As part of #The100dayproject this year, I turned my fascination with Indonesian batiks and Dutch wax fabrics into a theme for daily inspiration.

100DayProject Sketchbook 2020
Pages from my 100 Day Project Sketchbook, 2020

Lomé, the capital and largest city of Togo, a picturesque West African coastal nation, boasts a vibrant population of over 1.5 million residents. This bustling urban centre showcases excellent infrastructure, an abundance of top-notch dining establishments, pristine beaches, delectable seafood, manageable rush-hour traffic, and an impressive quality of life for its region. Togo, as a whole, is an awe-inspiring gem, featuring diverse landscapes that range from the arid north to the lush greenery and cascading waterfalls of the Plateaux region, and finally, to the tropical splendour of its southern beaches. To add the icing on the cake, the Togolese people are renowned for their warm and welcoming nature.

In these vibrant streets, the congres motif weaves through the lives of the Togolese people. The motif stands as a symbol of tradition, identity, and unity. Year after year, as the sun casts a golden glow upon the bustling markets and lively towns, something enchanting unfolds.

During an annual gathering of the women in the heart of Togo, Lome Houngni women converge, each adorned in their unique interpretation of the congres motif.

They wear congres not merely as a fashion statement but as a declaration of their cultural heritage. The congres motif acts as a thread that binds together traditions, a symbol of the wealth, resilience and beauty found in the community. And as these women gather year after year, they celebrate not only their shared heritage but also the bonds of friendship and sisterhood that transcend time and place. The congres motif, in all its splendour, stands as a living testament to the power of culture, connection, and the enduring spirit of the people who proudly wear it.

What is your favourite batik motif?

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Choose a link to find out more about the motifs I focused on as part of the project.

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