Kiyana Wraps is fast becoming an accessory brand dominating the London African fashion scene. Here at FAB we first brought you the lovely works of Kiyana back in 2012. The emerging brand creates handmade statement fabric headdresses using traditional millinery techniques infused with authentic African methods of head-wrapping learnt from the founders’ mothers. Now two years on, the hot headwrap brand is bringing us the the first of its illustrious whimsical workshops on Friday, 25 July at the buzzing Bishopsgate district of London.
What better way to wrap up the working with in style among ‘Kiyana’ people – (meaning ‘beautiful’ in Swahili) – while sipping on cocktails with “Kiyana Wraps and Cocktails” – an implausible mash-up of visual arts, sculpture and culture?
For one evening only, between 6pm – 9pm, you can discover new techniques of wrapping your hair the Kiyana Wraps way while enjoying sounds by London club scene sensation DJ Mukholi playing the coolest in deep house, bass, funk n’ soul for that all-important guaranteed fashion’s night out ambiance and live entertainment by the eclectic British folk/soul singer-songwriter Lánre who will delight with tracks of her new EP called ‘Home.”
Fashion stylist Nina Shimaya will be on hand with summer style tips while proving the art of headwrap is an international language, Hijab stylist Humaira Patel will offer unmissable style advice for modest fashion wearers.
There is more though: you can also shop till you drop with goods on display by a hand-picked selection of vendors exhibiting on the day as well as delicious cupcakes for all. Did we mention VIP guest will get their hands on complimentary goody bags and enjoy amouth-watering canapé buffet?
Kiyana Wraps prides itself in using as many British materials and components when creating its hats, combining it with the very best of African-inspired wax-print fabrics, fine French lace, Italian silks, hand-embellished applique and beadwork. Kiyana Wraps also offers workshop services to companies and private clients.
Conceptualised by Madeleine Laini and Tyeisha Litambola in 2011 and ingrained with the ladies’ Congolese heritage, taking a conventional African accessory and re-inventing it to make it accessible to modern-day women, Kiyana Wraps has since grown organically as the go-to company for all things head wrapping and turbans.
With so much attention given to head accessories, the brand’s charity of choice is no surprise: Some proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Alopecia UK, the official charity picked by Madeleine Laini and Tyeisha Litambola, founder and co-founder of Kiyana Wraps. Keepsakes in the form of pens and key rings will also be sold at £2 in support of Alopecia UK’s activities.
You can purchase tickets here.
For more info on Kiyana Wrap, visit their website here.by