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Photo by Nicholas Burrough, courtesy of Vlisco.

Vlisco's New Fashion Editorial Video Is a Radiant Homage to the Aso Ebi Tradition

In an exclusive with OkayAfrica, Vlisco shares with us their Benin-shot editorial video featuring their latest Dutch Wax collection, "New Traditions."

Vlisco presents their new colllection, New Traditions—a celebration of thriving women—in a stunning editorial video with OkayAfrica.

With the beautiful backdrop of the landscapes and stunning structures of Benin, you'll note scenes of striking Beninese women wearing the same Dutch Wax fabric that have been made into one-of-a-kind pieces by Beninese designers. This is a tradition known as aso ebi, where groups of women, families and even communities don the same fabrics or color scheme to denote unity.

"African print is important to me because it reflects my heritage," Alexandra Ahouanmenou, who participated in the campaign, says. "My favorite moment was when all the women walked alongside us in the streets of Porto Novo. It felt like we were the stylish amazons of Benin—beautiful, strong, proud African women."

In this campaign, Vlisco shows women making the statement of ubuntu—I am because we are—through new and classic prints to honor both the unity of each individual and the group.

Watch the editorial video below.

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