LACE LOVERS IN NIGERIA
Being a fabric which requires skill and delicacy in its production, lace has enjoyed an enviable position among other fabrics in the fashion industry. It is one of the most expensive fabrics in the world because of its texture and nature on the skin. It has been in existence since the 15th Century in Europe, although there have been polemics surrounding its source. While some have argued saying its existence can be traced to Flanders and Italy, some have countered this by giving the credit to France and Belgium. Nevertheless, these arguments, albeit divergent, agree on one point: lace was invented in Europe. Later on, its popularity spread to other parts of the world through colonialism and trade – and pretty soon, it found its way into postcolonial Africa.
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Currently, lace is one of the most popular fabrics in Nigeria. There is hardly ever an occasion or event in which outfits made, wholly or partly, from lace fabrics are adorned. It is no secret that a large percentage of Nigerians have a penchant for parties, festivities or celebrations – especially on the weekends, and these activities offer the opportunity to showcase trending styles and outfits by different fashion designers.
Some other fabrics such as Ankara prints are quite popular among partygoers and socialites in Nigeria because they are much cheaper compared to lace materials; but among the elite and upper class members of the society, lace fabrics are quite the norm since emphasis is placed more on quality and taste than on price and affordability.
Lace fabrics are of different types and grades which are way too many to mention but they, like other fabrics vary in price. We have, for example theFrench lace. However, no matter how “cheap” or affordable a particular variety of lace is, it still costs quite a pretty penny.
This factor, more than anything, perhaps, makes lace fabrics a highly sought-after commodity for society people and fashionistas alike.
Nearly everyone wants to be seen and identified with good taste, style and quality, and the same can be said of fashion enthusiasts and lace aficionados in Nigeria. The prestige that is associated with the possession and adornment of lace fabrics acts, for most, as a catalyst for the popularity of lace fabrics in Nigeria.