Is a sash just a belt without a buckle or is a belt a buckles sash? Traditionally both were used to hold up or hold together clothing .
Note the evolution of the sash in Uganda from its utilitarian use to its morphing into a decorative sash called the Kisiburo, an integraral part of the Gomesi, Ugandas national dress.
A similar example is the world famous obi sash used on the kimono, the national dress of Japan
Do know that men wear obi belts too….or that Serge Mouangue created an Afro fusion line of Kimonos using capulana or kitenge denominated Wafrica…and we can’t ignore our Japanese ladies showing off their those super delish obi sashes.
The use of sashes or belts deviated from its utilitarian purpose to become a lucrative fashion accessory by adding a finishing or decorative touch to mens and womens clothing , they are made from many different materials, sustainable and synthetic.
Taibo Bacar haute couture and Nivaldo Thierry are two well known international brands here in Mozambique. There are many respected artisan brands such as Enjoy Mozambique, Nbonguile, Chadis amongst others ….and shortly Dabanga Jewelry/#dabangalicious is adding herself to the list.