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Let me introduce myself. My name is Abada Lucie. I am French but originally from Cameroon. My culture is Bantou, particularly of the group Mvog-Nyengue. I completed my studies in fashion in Paris, where I specialized in modeling and style.
I am very passionate of culture, and love learning by travelling. During one of my trips to Cameroon, my father gave me a bogolan loin cloth as part of my initiation to adulthood. He told me: “This fabric represents the family space and values. The patterns that decorate this garment will protect you from spells that could be thrown upon you during this time of vulnerability that separates childhood from adulthood, and will serve to teach you history.”
I was seduced by the beauty of our fabrics. I realized that the symbols that were printed on them were very important. I noticed that these symbols were used ubiquitously on walls, on statues, and on other fabrics of course. This intrigued me, so I researched the topic further.
I had the opportunity to work on African fabrics, and I learnt that the study of these dates back to the convergence of the 19th and 20th century. I found it very interesting that these fabrics can even contain elements of calligraphy.
I learnt that fabrics in Bantous and other cultures speak for themselves and shape a very distinct communication because of the patterns that are printed. During my discoveries, I saw that fabrics and their symbolic meaning can be spiritual and are engrained in history. Certain pictograms inspire admiration, luck, and even fear.
I also learnt that these days, patterns lost their significance and their value despite the fact that these transform garments into true spiritual armors against bad luck and to increase power of whomever is wearing them.
At that moment, I took the decision to steer my creations towards the use of these patterns to bring beauty of what represent an abstract reality. These fabrics and patterns bring me nostalgia and these garments have been used as a mean of expression for Bantous and other cultures.
Since my last name is Abada, which means eternity according to its origin, I decided to name my brand after it: AbAdA. This brand invites its supporters to travel in a world where garments are a way of communication.
AbAdA is a brand of ready-to-wear garments which are inspired from ancient symbols. Our garments use traditional fabrics. By mixing colours and patterns will transport one in the diversity of African cultures. What is particular about the AbAdA brand is the use of colours and ornamentation. An AbAdA garment serves the role of expressing one’s identity, and indirectly illustrate le symbolic power of one’s nature.
The quality material used by AbAdA are a testament to the heritage the brand strives to share with its supporters. AbAdA is the right place for anyone searching for originality and for a chance to stand out.
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