TOP 5 CROCHET DESIGNERS IN AFRICA
The idea of crocheting is spread across African schools as part of Craft lessons. Children are taught to crochet tablecloths, simple bags, hairnets, and many more. Some kids were smart enough to make a business out of it.
Sadly, crocheting is a fashion that comes and goes. There came a time when crocheted singlets in Rastafarian colours were trendy. People jumped on it to make some cool cash but the craft lacked passion.
In recent years, these top 5 crochet Designers in Africa, revamped and brought back crocheting. They brought back a trend that is yet to be seen on a runway. Their passion for the craft is shown in every stitch of their outfits. What they have is no tablecloth or a Rastafarian singlet, but designer-worthy outfits that will get you calling to send your measurements.
Quick advice, patiently wait for our number one. She’s an inspiration to the others on this list of top 5 crochet Designers in Africa.
5. Krochelle – Ghana
The Krochelle brand is unique on this list. Growing up in Ghanaian society, Rahama Esthella Abdul Wahab understands the value of African Print to an average Ghanaian. Although an African print outfit can be quite expensive, Esthella has broken the Ghanaian market smartly with her designs.
Currently pursuing a Masters in IT, the 24 years old Rahama only started crocheting as a hobby when she’s not studying. One that believes that information is out there for whichever skill you want to learn, Esthella quickly mastered her crocheting craft. Because she stood for women’s empowerment, she wasn’t scared of making friends in the industry so they can learn from one another.
In Esthella’s own words, she described crochet as the “new-ish”. She however wanted a “Krochelle ish”. She wanted her brand to be unique. Her crochet designs are always complimented with an African print. The fabric combined with a top-quality yarn makes her outfits heavy and durable. This decision quickly made her one of the top Crochet Designers in Africa with an “ish”.
The new-ish addition to this brand is the babies’ outfit and shoes made adorably with love.
Hoping to own a Crochet Fashion Designing school one day, she advised anyone who intends to pursue the craft to chase the dream and be willing to learn new things.
Although Rahama doesn’t have employees yet, she aims to be one of the people who will reduce unemployment in Ghana in a few years.
You can find them on all social media platforms.
4. Raheem Crochets – Nigeria
Have you met a free spirit today? Well, you’re about to meet one. The 22 years old Raheem Mary Temitope is not only a leading crochet Designer in Nigeria but recognized across Africa.
Her story is simple. She contacted someone for a simple bikini top. At least that was what she thought… Simple. She was told that it would cost her 5,000 Naira. ‘Just a bra?” She screamed.
She quickly dragged her cousin out at 8 pm so they could go look for a crochet pin and yarn to buy. She went to YouTube to find Naomi’s page and by morning, Temitope had a beautiful top.
She saw what she made to be simple until she posted it one day on her WhatsApp and started getting orders. This came as a blessing.
Having lost her mother in November 2019, the woman remains her best friend and a big part of her life. Raheem Maria Nwaje taught her daughter to be independent. That although opportunities will come in different forms, she should be sure to pick ones that she wouldn’t live to regret. Crocheting was one of the opportunities Temitope wouldn’t regret. So she named the brand after her mother.
The journey hasn’t been easy but she has found strength in her mother and looked up to Ac Crochet who she calls a goddess.
You can find Raheem Crochet on all digital platforms.
3. Chet by Sharry
Sharon Bruce-Tagoe sees herself in the next five years as a Medical Doctor and a CEO of a crocheting brand with branches scattered all over Ghana. For now, she has managed to be one of the top Crochet Designers in Africa.
Inspired by a friend to go into crocheting, Sharry has never seen the skill as a hobby. She has learned to manage her time duly between sustaining her brand and making good grades in medical school.
Despite these difficulties, Sharry has built a strong customer base locally and hopes to get more contracts Internationally. She intends to soon employ 5 people to lighten her load.
Creating beautiful unisex designs, she explains that although her prices vary depending on size and design, her outfits are very affordable.
Sharon would tell anyone to learn the skill, not for the money but the passion.
Chet by sharry is also available on social media platforms.
2. Jay Crochet – Ghana
Juliet Tawiah Kabo is a 24 years old Ghanaian trained teacher who loved crocheting as a child. Her journey towards becoming one of the top Crochet Designers in Africa hasn’t been an easy one. She has had to dash out top-quality crochet outfits because of low patronage.
When Covid-19 hit Ghana in 2020, Jay was still in her final year at school. She gave crocheting more attention during that period. It was however difficult to get the finances and customers but most importantly, the visibility. Money wasn’t initially the target but building a brand which Juliet has been successful at doing.
Jay’s target demographics aren’t the local market. She prefers to produce top-notch designs with high-quality materials. She admits that people may find her brand to be expensive but her works will always speak for themselves.
Jay hasn’t specified the amount she makes from this skill but admits that it’s good enough. She however charges depending on size, design, and materials used.
If there is one thing about this gorgeous dark-skinned beauty, it is her fearlessness against competitors. She advised anyone wanting to crochet to believe in themselves and be ready to learn from other crochet brands. The sky, Jay says, is big enough for everyone.
1.Ac Crochet – Kenya
Agie Chynah is a lover of art who took craft lessons seriously as a child. So of course, crocheting was at her fingertips. She prided herself in making cute tablecloths for her family and friends.
But in 2018, Agie who holds a degree in Economics, found herself going back to the craft. Why? It was supposed to be an escape from a broken heart. She found that counting stitches while crocheting was therapeutic. It kept her mind focused but more importantly, served as the ultimate balm for her heart.
Agie’s journey in crocheting started with creating beautiful designs for herself. It soon extended to making outfits for friends who couldn’t stop gushing over her designs.
The Covid-19 pandemic hit and Agnes Ayebare was soon out of a job. Thankfully, she has had to fall back on crocheting which made her get contracts from all over the world. She said she didn’t know why things got so good quickly but have you seen her designs? Who wouldn’t want a few of those in their wardrobe?
Chynah, who has become one of the top Crochet Designers in Africa, prides in creating modern designs she will feel comfortable rocking and it has proven to be a great decision.
What makes Chynah’s journey beautiful is seeing other designers create her designs. She’s more inspired when some of them reach out to her, expressing their love for her passion for the craft.
The newly wedded Mrs Agnes Koch is aiming at making the AC Crochet brand a number 1 crochet Designer brand across the globe.
Her page is available on all social media platforms. Want to learn the skill? Check out her page for tutorials.
With the dreams these top 5 crochet Designers in Africa have for their brands, it seems that the crochet trend this time has come to stay.
Content from their social media handles shows their devotion towards creating new designs daily to fill the crochet market with gorgeous outfits.
Looking for a role model in the crochet industry? Well, you’ve got 5 of the top Crochet Designers in Africa.
Whose designs were your favourite and do you think that you need a Crochet outfit in your wardrobe?
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