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Add African flavour to your wedding

Published:Monday | February 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Lace is a popular fabric for brides and mothers of the brides. Here Lorna strikes a pose in her turquoise blue lace dress and matching headwrap.
Using lace, Melissa shows off her yellow gold, African-inspired strapless wedding gown. To complete the look, she wears a traditional headwrap.
For extra comfort, the traditional four-piece Agbada can be downgraded to three pieces, as shown here.
Traditional to the core, Maurice is decked out in the Agbada four-piece suit which is mostly characterised by the loose-fitting gown. This look is normally sought after by grooms for their African or African-inspired wedding.
A contemporary African wedding gown, Alsha wears this mermaid design which comes with a modest top (with bone bustier), giving extra coverage and support.
As an alternative to the jacket and tie, the groom can change into this linen-and-cotton blend two-piece suit for the wedding reception.

This is the final in our Black History Month series that looked at how our African ancestry continues to influence some people's tastes today.

Owner of Kamit Revisited, Sandra Thompson says local brides are increasingly making African inspired wedding gowns an option as well as choice on their special day. "They want to make a statement and look different on that very special day".

Offering personal and retail services, wedding gowns can be personalised according to the taste of the bride and by extension her groom. Through special appointments, clients are given the opportunity to discuss their style and well as to see a sample dress before producing the final product.

As it relates to the groom, the traditional pieces are not made here but are imported straight from Africa. The Agbada is the main traditional four piece suit worn by grooms.

The owner says, couples can choose to take up a complete package which involves services for the bridal party and mother of the bride. "Some decide on the total package but there are packages for just couples or just the bride. For the mother of the bride, we also do personalised package for her because the next best dressed person at the wedding should be the bride's mother", emphasised Thompson.

With great detailing and work that go into ensuring the readiness of gowns and garbs for the big day, it is recommended that appointments be made three months in advance.

Kamit Revisited is located at Shop 6, Little Premier Plaza. Telephone: 754-4929