"Strange Fruit" Ankara Backpack

"Strange Fruit" Ankara Backpack

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A custom designed ode to Nina Simone by Malaika Apparel Co.

Our custom design, “Strange Fruit” Ankara backpack has plenty of room with a big inner pocket, a separate section for a 15'' laptop, a front pocket, and a hidden pocket at the back.

  • Made from 100% polyester

  • Water-resistant material

  • Large inside pocket with a separate pocket for a 15” laptop, front pocket with a zipper, and a hidden pocket with zipper on the back of the bag

  • Silky lining, piped inside hems, and a soft mesh back

  • Padded ergonomic bag straps

  • Printed, cut, and hand-sewn by our expert in-house team

  • Water-resistant material

  • Large inside pocket with a separate pocket for a 15” laptop, front pocket with a zipper, and a hidden pocket with zipper on the back of the bag

  • Top zipper has 2 sliders, and there are zipper pullers attached to each slider

  • Silky lining, piped inside hems, and a soft mesh back

  • Padded ergonomic bag straps from polyester with plastic strap regulators

  • Cut and hand-sewn by expert in-house team

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Written by Abel Meeropol in 1937, “Strange Fruit”  has been recorded as a song by Billie Holiday, & Nina Simone.

“Strange Fruit” (non-graphic song link attached) was blacklisted in the US for being “too controversial”, with its graphic depictions of the lynchings of African-Americans that took place at the beginning of the 20th century.

This design was created in memory of Nina Simone -- a revolutionary black woman who gave zero f**ks and did what her heart desired. Every single one of her songs tells a story. Whether you liked it or not. It was bits and pieces of her story that she shared and drew everyone into. The sadness and emotion heard as she performs "Strange Fruit" is relatable to many black bodies living and surviving in 2018 -- globally. 

As your wear this design, begin to tell the stories of those who never had the opportunity to speak their truth, the way in which Nina did. 

This is an ode to you, Nina Simone.

Medaase. Thank you. 

*We encourage you to click links for additional historical information.