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WE CHANGED OUR CLOTHES LIKE WE CHANGED OUR RELIGION

WE CHANGED OUR CLOTHES LIKE WE CHANGED OUR RELIGION


Koko and Kurta garments are African and East Asian garments. Leaders visiting Delhi for the India-Africa Forum Summit have a long association with Indian fabrics as well as the political symbolism of specific garments. Late last month, India’s Ministry of External Affairs went into a scramble. It wrote to the consulates of African countries requesting the measurements of the 54 African heads of state so that it could get Narendra Modi’s signature jacket and churidar pyjama stitched (Kurta) for them in time for a photo op during the upcoming India-Africa Forum Summit.

Kokos and Kurtas weaves together, symbolically and literally, it brings the relationship between Africa, India and Asia together because we are all melanated brothers and sisters. We Blacks came to America naked in loincloth in the 1800s, but if it was under a more formal setting we would have come wearing a Koko a garment that is just as elegant as a European suit. But as it was with our religion we were made to abandon our culture to assimilate in a suit. As you travel the world Kokos and Kurtas are still being warn by people in Africa and Asia. It is not out of rebellion but culture. The movie Black Panthers introduced American Blacks to the Koko as if it was some exotic set design, and to many it was. Kokos to American Blacks looks futuristic but to the world travelers it is a sighting you see everywhere in the East and Africa, Black Americans are simply behind the times with those designs of clothing.