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Repurposing With an Eye for Bold Colours

The Repurposed Gele: GeleObiBelt

I have always loved being surrounded by vibrant colours. This became heightened when I relocated to the Netherlands, especially on long dark winter days.

Growing up in Nigeria, and later on in South Africa, I was surrounded by lots of bright and colourful fabrics. In Europe, on the other hand, fabrics either tend to be darker-toned or employ fewer colour combinations.

I created UnikBlends, amongst other reasons, to bring some of the vibrant colours to my new home and share them with others. Colours make us feel alive, and their beauty could be likened to our need of clean air to survive.

Colouful Blends with unique patterned fabric with a matching Upcycle Gelebag

My love for colours was such that for my wedding, I desired a Bold, Beautiful and Bright gown, with vibrant earthy colours. I still wish I stuck out the 'war' I had with my sister and parents over what ended up as a 'white' wedding gown.

Perhaps, I could have won, had I found a designer daring enough to create an Aso-Oke blended wedding gown. Or perhaps, it was better to have succumbed to the 'give them their wedding and enjoy my marriage' peace!

Despite all of this, I still ensured that my special day was a display of my favourite colours, for the hall and guests were adorned in lilac and gold coloured outfits. My aunt baked the most unconventional wedding cake I could conceive---one that blended the traditional and modern.

Reflecting back on that day, which was over 10 years ago, my entire wedding was actually a fusion, a true unique blend of a number of cultures and style - for I have always been one who loves blending and creating combinations with lasting memories.