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Local designer shares her part in the celebration of Kwanzaa

Posted at 8:59 AM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 11:59:45-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The drums, artwork, a sense of community and fashion are a few parts of celebrating Kwanzaa.

In the late 1960s, Kwanzaa was first celebrated and decades later the week-long celebration continues.

Tolu Sule is a local store owner and designer of African attire. From the vibrant colors to the bold patterns, Sule said the attire represents her culture.

"We should dress in our culture because the dress will stand out to who we are," Sule said.

Kwanzaa is signified in seven principles, translated from the language of Swahili. The principles such as Umoja means unity, Nia is purpose and Imani means faith.

Bakari Sanyu is the director of the Sankofa Collective and said Kwanzaa is a form of affirmation.

"Teaching the youth about heritage and culture and how it has progressed over the years so they can contribute in their own unique way," Sanyu said.

The celebration for Kwanzaa begins the day after the Christmas holiday until New Year's Day. Through the many parts of celebrating, the holiday recognizes African heritage in African-American culture.

Ethnic Boutique is located in the Ming Plaza at 3767 Ming Ave in Southwest Bakersfield.