These trousers belonged to Saundra Lang, an African American fashion enthusiast who spent time in West Africa from the 1970s onwards. Saundra bought these trousers during her first trip to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in 1971, from a local tailor. The pattern represents cowrie shells as well as abstract geometric designs. The design was created by stamping the fabric with wax before dying. Saundra notes that at the time she bought these, the matte finish on the damask fabric was fashionable, but today shimmer finishes are popular. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Creator: unknown tailor
Place: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
See more of Saundra Lang’s capsule collection
This woman's boubou gown was made by Jean Kablan, a popular designer based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in the 1970s. Read more
This woman's boubou style top and skirt outfit belonged to Saundra Lang, an African American collector and fashion enthusiast. Saundra Read more
This wax print dress is actually a matching top and skirt. The outfit was made for African American collector Saundra Read more