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Accessories Worn in the Niger Delta
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cschuster's picture

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Camp-y fun (that makes you want to cry until you're eyes are dry as a corn husk).

Sokari's whole idea is to put a modern spin on the ideas and perceptions of tribal culture. In other words: It can help you see the horrors that other people are going through that CNN and Fox News (choose your poison) straight up ignore. 

With Accessories, Sokari's dressed up a couple of traditional-esque Nigerian women with a bunch of bling much more relevant to their daily goings-on than jewelry from Forever 21 and ironic tattoos. And, thanks to shady oil companies, that means being decked out in no less than four AK-47s, an extra bandolier or two of bullets (for the smart Nigerian on the go through the most war-torn areas of the Delta), and dress that's more like chain mail than an outfit aimed at comfort. 

Just because the Western world is thoroughly not down with OPP (other people's problems), that doesn't mean everything's okay. Human beings go through some real horrible and unacceptable sh*t every single day the world over. Accessories tells the story that a lot of people live in Nigeria, where oil companies ruin the environment with impunity, promise to help and don't, and create the fuel for sectarian divisions that spawn cycles of violence unending. That the statues are primarily crafted in steel is itself a defiance, since cultural taboos prohibit Nigerian women from working with metal. And for all that, Sokari gets the BAMF of the month award...every month for the rest of time.

rzarlif's picture

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Two women in the Niger Delta of Nigeria with gold leaf gele (head wraps), blue steel dresses, and their chic AK-47 accessories. If one AK-47 is classy, four is classier. This seems appropriate given the oil soaked bloody mess that the Niger Delta has become. Douglas Camp takes her politics seriously, but never at the expense of fashion.