A student of Parsons The New School of Design, Jamilla Okubo‘s work is inspired by the silhouettes of traditional African wear — specifically the Maasai and the Ndebele people of South Africa. When it comes to textiles she derives motivation from the layering, color, and making of African fabrics such as Kanga, Kente, and Wax Fabric.
“Many people don’t know that some African fabrics are not made in Africa–they are imported. Yes, they are a part of the diasporic culture, but I want to be that artist/textile designer from the diaspora who actually designs African prints.” – Jamilla Okubo
- The Textiles & Paintings Of Kenyan-American Artist Jamilla Okubo (okayafrica.com)
- “Kesh Angels,” the Female Bikers of Marrakesh (cookmixmingle.com)