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Uzoma Ezekwudo / Nnamdi Batik Art

textiles & fashion design / clothing

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Nnamdi Batik Art features 100% cotton dresses, pants, skirts and jackets for men and women. Their clothes are designed with a free, loose resulting in comfortable, non-constricting outfits. Customers often mention that they like Nnamdi designs because they can eat as much as they want and still look good!

The business is run by Uzoma Ezekwudo and her cousin, Nnamdi, who designs the patterns. When Nnamdi was a student at the University of North Carolina in the 1970's, other students admired his African fabric designs and begged him to make clothes for them too. He began selling clothing on campus and soon one of his professors urged him to turn it into a full time business. Initially, he didn't believe a clothing business would be successful. He spent several years testing the market through small shows and finally turned it into a full-fledged business in 1989.

Today all of their clothes bear the label, "Spirit of Courage” - a tribute to the attitude shift which helped   Nnamdi learn to believe in his own business potential.