Until 2003, when a peace agreement ended 14 years of devastating civil war, thousands of Liberians lived as refugees in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Guinea.
Since then, most of them have come back with fashion influences that have transformed into a vibrant local industry.
What is becoming more and more obvious in the country is a unique wave of Liberian creation, which is rapidly surpassing the previous
Popular combination of polo shirts, jeans and hoodie.
Back home, the Liberians began to ask the tailor to sew them up, just like the clothes they used to wear in Conakry or the City of Abilene, where the people habitually wore the traditional West African style-
Demand that never meets
\"Many Liberians stayed in other African countries for a long time during the war (was)
\"They see different ways of dressing,\" designer Agatius Coker told AFP . \".
Today, fashion in Liberia means a vibrant elegance ---
From avant-garde \"holiday pants\" to thighs, to bright printed shirts, or a \"handkerchief\" dress with a headset.
One of Coker\'s main markets is the traditional African wedding celebration, which is now as popular as the standard European wedding dress.
\"This fabric is made in African countries and we buy and do design and sewing here,\" he said . \".
The price of a fitted cotton suit is between $60 and $80 (53 and 71 euros)
A printed shirt for about $35
\"We are cheaper than European styles that cost $120 and more, and in extremely humid environments, African styles are adapted to our weather,\" Coker added . \". \"Sub-
The oldest republic in sub-Saharan Africa, Liberia, was established by the United States in 1822 for liberated American slaves whose descendants still dominate political and economic life.
For generations, local tribes living in Liberia have basically worn the clothes of these American settlers, explaining the style of the West African country. One by-
Their move to African-style products is that Liberians have become the window of fanfare --
Shoppers, stop to photograph the latest styles displayed outside the new boutique. -
This is far from a woman. Only phenomena.
Roosevelt krumma strode down Monrovia street with a new suit, wearing black skinny jeans, leather boots and a shirt made of a conflict print with a matching cotton cap on his head.
With him was his friend Joe, who was wearing turquoise trousers, a black dress shirt and a vest that matched the turquoise lapels.
\"When I was wearing African-style clothes, I felt like a real African,\" Krumah said . \" Functionality is also a highlight for him.
This impact is not only a feast for the eye, but also a reliable source of income in the economy that relies heavily on small businesses
Designer Korlu Jallah, a senior customization expert who founded the home of the Liberian brand Edith fashion, has now diversified into pret-a-
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Five years ago, she was an unemployed college graduate.
\"My mother is a tailor.
When I was young, I liked to watch her sew, \"she said in an interview with AFP. purpose studio-store.
\"When I was having trouble finding a job, she suggested that I continue to be a tailor.
It was hard at first because our women liked European fashion. \"-
\"It will make you angry\"The 32-year-
The old customer now employs 22 people, including 15 tailors, 6 salespersons and an administrator, but she still finds it difficult to keep up with the customer\'s requirements.
\"Our African style is leading,\" she said . \" She pointed to the lady waiting in line for the fitting.
\"As you can see, business is going well.
\"The 19-year-old ofiya Gbedia helped sell Jallah\'s design and managed to avoid dropping out of school permanently early, as most Liberian girls did, even though her father died in the Ebola crisis.
She folded her cotton shirt carefully and said, \"he is paying my tuition . \".
\"That\'s why I dropped out of school, but now that I have this job, I have gone back.
\"For designers and young people, the rich profits are not the only ones --
According to designer Judy Reid Seton, the product of this phenomenon goes deep into the psychology of Liberia.
\"It shows you, the truth of the real African continent;
\"The pride of a real African woman,\" she told AFP . \".
\"When it comes to Africa (style)
It\'s confusing you.
\"Reed Seton saw the sales boom of her label Sarnokoon design, and when she put on her clothes in the morning, she could no longer imagine life without Africa.
\"Even if you don\'t wear African clothes, you can wear African trousers;
\"You have to at least put on an African bracelet or something,\" she explains . \".
\"Everyone will be attracted to you once you wear beautiful African costumes.
It has a certain aesthetic feeling.