This has also led to some controversy over democratic values, as fashion is not always the most inclusive platform for political debate, but a one-way broadcast of top-down messages. Fashion designers and brands have traditionally kept themselves out of political conflicts, there has been a movement in the industry towards taking more explicit positions across the political spectrum. From maintaining a rather apolitical stance, designers and brands today engage more explicitly in current debates. With increasing environmental awareness, the economic imperative to “Spend now, think later” is getting increasingly scrutinized. Today’s consumer tends to be more mindful about consumption, looking for just enough and better, more durable options. There was an exceptionally strong tradition of weaving in the Oyo Empire, and the areas inhabited by the Igbo people.
- This has also led to some controversy over democratic values, as fashion is not always the most inclusive platform for political debate,