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Sapeurs

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...The words sape (Société des Ambiançeurs et des Personnes Élégantes) and sapeurs are neologisms that were coined by Congolese diasporic youth living in Western metropolises, especially Paris and Brussels, to authenticate and validate...

Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

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...Before France and Belgium divided the area in the late nineteenth century, the Republic of Congo (capital Brazzaville) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (capital Kinshasa) were a continuous area that shared cultural traits, including...