Sylvie Baka’s work is inspired by the three African materials: the Ghana bag, raffia and beads. She undertook extensive research to understand when these fabrics were first introduced into western design and manufacturing. There is evidence of these three materials dating back to the 17th century, and this discovery formed the basis of her collection. Baka designed six garments using knitting, embroidery and beading techniques. Tartan, which comprises criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours, is the core interconnection between African and fashion design influences. It has been associated with several cultures, including Scottish, Irish, Indian, Caribbean and African, particularly the Congo and Ghana.