ONI by NGOZI
2019 Design Gallery
Our collection, ONI - translated as “Sacred Ground” in Yoruba, retraces history and explores possibility by honoring a long tradition of block printing, quilting and unique fashion crafted by Black women and men from West Africa to America. These collections showcase creativity and spirituality through colors, textiles and designs unique to the collective sartorial genius of black men and women here on the continent and in the diaspora. Ngozi Design provides a unique blend of inspirational design and enhanced personal style.
The ONI Collections by Ngozi Design bring bold color and print and fabric combinations inspired by the beautiful textile design of Africa, appliqué techniques first created in Benin and African American Underground Railroad quilt coding. Most of the garments are made with hand pieced fabric remnants in memory and celebration centering fashion as a tool to trace history and beauty. Each one of a kind piece is a collection of stories held by the hundreds of fabric remnants sewn together. Our goal is to share information, provoke conversation around some of these stories and celebrate the fashion that is artful and energetic.
In our first ONI collection, take a look at some of my garments and other items below that use piecing, quilting techniques, beading and appliqué. Most of the silhouettes that we offer for sale are one-of-a-kind but some can be custom ordered.
ONI-001 Ankara Patch Cloak made of African cotton print remnants
ONI-002 Cotton Batik Patch Duster
ONI-003/003A Ankara and African inspired cotton print trim - Crop Jacket with Tie up F/L skirt
ONI-004/004A Ankara patch vest and drop bottom harem pants
Bogolan (Mudcloth) Duster with vertical cotton print Angelina motif
ONI-006 Strapless dress made of Ankara remnants
ONI-007 Full length long sleeve gown with train made of Ankara remnants
ONI-008 Zip front dress with cinched waist made of Ankara remnants
Wallhanging Adinkra 1 - West African Wisdom - ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN "Love Never Loses It's Way Home" (symbol of the power of love) Created by hand with African cotton prints stitched together and then appliqued onto pieced and quilted square base and adorned with assorted wooden, brass and bone beads.