AfroRetro™ is Ugandan British Sisters Anna and Lilly.
Taking unwanted British clothing and UpCycling it with Ugandan and African fabrics, materials and of course inspiration from the motherland. They explore identity and culture using clothing as their preferred medium and our bodies as the canvas.
AfroRetro™ as a concept was first conceived when Anna was walking home in London and overheard two young black boys playfully cussing each other. One boy said to the other “OI YOU AFRICAN!” things got nasty and heated. The other boy reacted as if the worse insult had been slung at his mother! This made Anna feel uneasy...So she went to her big little sis -Lilly and discussed, argued and pontificated about it. Until they decided that they wanted to respond CREATIVELY to this provocation…
Lilly a fine artist with a training in fashion design and pattern cutting and Anna a fashionista and creative artist it felt natural to embark on a cross disciplinary adventure.
AfroRetro was born. Born to share all that they know and love about being Uganglish.
Ugandan and English and all those spaces in between.
Anna is now based in East Sussex and Lilly continues to live in London. As well as making clothing and accessories, they promote artist makers in Uganda and create participatory events around creativity, identity, culture, textiles and ethical fashion practices.