interview | Fader TV x designer Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh from Lagos, Nigeria
Fader: What’s your new collection about?
Amaka: It’s inspired by secrets, and human beings’ inability to keep secrets. So I’ve looked at Basquiat and his creative processes, I’ve looked at Cy Twombly and Wangechi Mutu.
Fader: How do I see secrets, explain secrets
Amaka: If you look through the collection it’s never really obvious but, there are eyes … That’s one of the prints that we’ve done.
Fader: How do you do this? Is this dyed?
Amaka: Yeah. This is a traditional process called Adire and we use natural indigo leaves. So it’s all hand-done in Oshogbo in Osun State. That is a traditional print called compound, it’s called agbo-ile in Yoruba, it means compound. So this print is a traditional print that’s been passed down through generations over hundreds and hundreds of years. But then I’ve made my own prints, well, this is the updated version, but it’s all using the same dying process, the traditional dying process.
Fader: How long does this process take?
Amaka: Oh, wow […] Five metres would probably take about a day to do the actual hand-painting and then an extra day to do the dying and the waxing.