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Chichia London Presents Made in Dar



Fresh off a great showing at the recent Swahili Fashion Week, Christine Mhando’s Chichia London has released the lookbook for their new collection called ‘Made In Dar‘.
The collection features beautiful, ‘wearable’ and versatile dresses all made using the East African khanga fabric. Simply fab!

Find out more about Chichia London and explore the collection below.
The ladieswear brand Chichia London was established in 2007 by London based designer Christine Mhando. Each of our collections consist of an eclectic range of dresses and separates in modern, wearable shapes and styles made unique by clever use of eye-catching prints, embellishment, intricate detailing, a mix of natural fabrics and a succulent colour palette. The use of colour plays a major part in each line! According to Chichia London, “Our trick is balancing between keeping things fresh and new without being too trend driven, therefore making each piece timeless. We aim for the wearer to feel special and unique yet comfortable everytime she is wearing a Chichia London garment”
Christine’s fashion career began at the London College of Fashion where she studied BTEC and higher national diplomas in Fashion design and then went on to complete her BA (hons) in Fashion Design at Kent University. After her studies she gained some valuable experience working for various Ladieswear manufactures and suppliers of well known high street brands and designers and with this experience finally decided to venture out and start Chichia London. Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and raised in London, England, she has taken influences from both continents and cultures and translated them into her own unique quirky style of clothing. Chichia’s signature is the “KHANGA” which is a traditional east African cotton printed fabric used by women as wraps, and this usually appears in every collection in the form of tops, tunics, dresses or skirts mixed with various different types of fabrics and prints.
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  1. ladi

    December 14, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Phew, not ankara, love it!!!!

  2. beezy

    December 14, 2009 at 5:08 am

    LUuuuuuuvvvvvvvvv the 9th pic!!!…..

  3. proenza

    December 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

    The model is too gorgeous for words. Loving the Grace Jones hair. I imagine the masses won’t like her but I think she’s super beautiful! Nice clothes and styling as well.

  4. Alero

    December 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

    1question:where d heck did u get this model from?

  5. yhurmie

    December 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    for me, the model almost stole the show… love her!

  6. Naija Da Vixen

    December 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    much agreed the model almost stole the show!!! the poses are awesome and im loving the print, much different but almost similar to ankara but still carries its own character. I’m absolutely in love with the first pic

  7. avari

    December 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    love it…. one of the best ive seen… it has originality from inspirations…. love it…

  8. melissa

    December 15, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    i bet paula doesn’t know her pics her here…no way, this girl is going places mehn….

  9. melissa

    December 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    her name is paula okunzuwa, she’s 19/20 and she’s from benin, nigeria. she currently lives in london and is studying something to do wiv making games and codes for games.

  10. tt

    December 15, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love……..the fabric, the styles, love love!

  11. Doris

    December 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Very creative, the model is superb!Pics are so original!!Kudos to both the designer and the model..she killed it!

  12. Chika

    December 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv this.

  13. Gam

    December 17, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Now this is what im talking about!
    About the model, she looks great…er..but did they paint her face black or something…

  14. morenike

    December 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    amazing dress + fantastic model.

  15. morenike

    December 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    amazing dresses + fantastic model.

  16. Tanzania Beautiful Woman

    December 18, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Word!!! Yeah Tanzanians we coming through….. Congrats Chichia, I love your style and keep it up…. To all African designers…. and Yes! made in Dar(Dar-Es-Salaam, it means “city of peace”) I love it wayyy too much not becoz I am Tanzanian but I am proud to be African. I love you bellanaija!!!!

  17. Benzo Zami

    December 22, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Very original, admire the creativity.

  18. Oladipo.O

    December 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Love this, It is Beautiful and the color are vibrant…angles are nice

  19. Obinna

    January 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    damn, this girl is UGLY

  20. kelly

    January 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    that was good, the model looks great very good work well done

  21. mosa

    January 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Stunning design, and amazing photography, great poses from the model.

  22. toyosi

    January 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

    i would reallyu give it to this designer. nice work n stunning styles. i like…..the model herself is a unique individual. but then i have to say no originality, but for my fashionista we know nothin is new or old in fashion, things just go in n out. very nice!!!

  23. Charity Natsai Hungwe-Moyo

    April 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The girl has got undiluted african beauty. She is a real african queen.

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