Ghanaian label Chapters Couture is trying to reintroduce much loved dyeing techniques, batik and tie dye to a modern Ghanaian fashion buyer with its new capsule collection. The label through its social media platforms says it has been concerned with the gradual but continuous disinterest in the traditional dyeing techniques that were once the main stay of Ghana’s indigenous textile industry. As more Ghanaians look to the West to meet their clothing needs, the local industries and artisans are put out of jobs and the knowledge that they have is being allowed to die out.
Chapters Couture seeks to change that by proving Batik can be updated to meet modern minimalist demands. The collection features five menswear and women’s wear looks that integrate batik panelling and colour blocking into modern silhouettes done in lace, satin, cotton and tafetta.
Chapters Couture definitely has a good grasp of design and construction and the pieces look easy to wear. The label also manages to circumvent the ‘atypical’ look that many traditional/formal wear blends tend to give off. It seems almost a shame that there aren’t enough pieces with which to gauge the collection properly.
We will be watching out for a more comprehensive project from the label.
Models: @piusnanayaw @efia_sackey