AfribbeanBaby creates affordable African print kids’ clothing to Madison

Starting as a project to make clothes for her daughter, AfribbeanBaby has grown into a community-funded business in the Progress Center for Black Women.

When Nina Akli’s daughter Alise was about 1 year old, she began to look for African print clothing for Alise to wear.

But, to her surprise, the African print clothing she could find online wasn’t affordable — especially considering kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes. Despite having only the sewing knowledge taught in middle school, Akli bought fabric and made her own clothes.

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Note: Nina Akli is a Student Services Coordinator for Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and was part of the WARF UpStart program this spring.