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By  Maria Diamond
08 October 2022   |   4:40 am
A reality in the world of fashion is that it revolves around old trends, making them to become new. This explains why ‘Damask’, a fabric whose textile originated in Damascus and was introduced to Nigeria...

A reality in the world of fashion is that it revolves around old trends, making them to become new. This explains why ‘Damask’, a fabric whose textile originated in Damascus and was introduced to Nigeria and Benin Republic at the beginning of the 20th century where it was used to fabricate men’s and women’s clothing in traditional African styles, has returned into the trends of luxury clothing.

  
This intricate fabric that comes in both plain and multi-colour patterns recently made its way to the just concluded African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2022 runway show at the Eko Hotel & Suites.
  
The designers, Nneka Stephanie Etayokhai and Iniobong Obinna-Onunkwo remarked that, with the brand name ‘NENI’, Damask fabric has always been a symbol of luxury for the high status.

“This is why we put the masterpieces together for the AFWN runway. The idea is for women, especially career-driven young ladies that love the bougie look on a budget, to see how Damask creates an air of wealth or upper class status however simple it is styled. The result is elegance and sophistication that make you feel confident in your appearance.”       
  
The designers further noted that Damask is a heritage fabric that naturally promotes diverse culture, luxury and sustainability. “We believe that a fabric of class should have that feel of heritage and that is what Damask symbolises. This is why we use it to produce limited ready-to-wear outfits and each collection is inspired by the stories of successful and wealthy women. Their lifestyles, struggles, values and beliefs are projected through the styles created from the different patterns on the Damask,” they said.