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PGF (Product of Global Fusion) : 2012-2013:Yaa Asantewaa Golden Stool Collection

This collection is dedicated to the warrior Queen of Ghana- Yaa Asantewaa. The collection takes you on a journey through the 10 regions of the then Gold Coast & now Black Star Nation of Ghana, known just as much for its pre colonial heritage of defending the golden stool as its post colonial heritage as the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence- blazing the trail for an independent Africa. Ghana is a home of Global Fusion in having our first president as on of the founders and champions of Pan-Africanism = Africa beyond the continent =Africa’s Global Fusion. We are all in one way or another Products of Global Fusion- connected in our everyday lives as Global Citizens. Enter the Global Fusion Republic and get your global passport stamped as you embark on a journey through destinations of learning, creativity and wearable art.
Enter Freely , Respectfully and Peacefully!

About PGF (Product of Global Fusion)

A Collective of Global Independent Designers collaborating to create capsule collections. PGF is made up of 3 Global Passport labels: Black, Red & Green.
Black Label -Affordable luxury Capsule Collections
Red Label- Moderately Priced Capsule Collections
Green Label Recycled, Remixed, Natural, Environmentally Friendly Made Product available in the Black & Red Label Collections.
% of sales proceeds goes to small scale charities  and individual grant recipients whose work is dedicated to teaching & keeping history alive & evolving through the arts. Specifically: fashion, music, design, writing, film, photography & multimedia. Selection of Charities : Designer’s or Group Collective Choice.
We encourage you to write us about your favorite small scale charity or project for consideration. Any recipient of charity/grants from PGF must be able to show full disclosure of how the monies are spent.

ACCRA, Ghana—When Isaac Osae began his sewing career last year, he stitched tropical-colored sundresses. These days, the 24-year-old factory worker is learning to sew hospital smocks…Read More

When one thinks of African art and fashion, tourist trinkets invariably come to mind, images of beaded bracelets sold outside safari lodges. The view is unfair, of course, but common. Slowly, however, this misplaced caricature is changing… …Read More

Valentino’s ateliers in the Eternal City could not be in greater contrast to groups of Kenyan women in an improvised workroom, creating traditional embroidery patterns inherited from Masai ancestors or the intricate crochet work handed down the female tribal chain. But these African women have been organized to create luxury products from designers such as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.”…Read More

The minor problem for Africa in the Chinese invasion is one that most people are not paying attention to – its artisan sector. I see the reality as a business owner who tries to buy authentic African fabrics and clothing. I have to be more careful sourcing Africa textiles.…Read More

It’s interesting and oddly daunting how it seems so called mainstream magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair and a few others within the past couple of years have dedicated entire spreads and issues to the growing African fashion market scene, yet so called African-American focused magazines have been pretty much left scooped on the one major fashion story of this decade that they should be at the forefront of.…Read More

Global Fusion Blog links :

“Made in Africa, where the fruit meets its Roots”…Read More

“What Exactly is New African Fashion” …Read More

Videos

 

PGF (Product of Global Fusion) -The Style of Passport Carrying GlobalFusionists :
Franca Sozzani (VOGUE ITALIA Editor-in-chief) meets Kofi Ansah :
African beads and glass trade beads – CNN Report
Africa’s Promise to feature at the International Herald Tribune in Rome

We’ve basically been exporting our culture…the west has taken/borrowed a lot from Africa; whereas Africans have just sat down & let their own culture be taken away from them, but now it’s a renaissance- we are claiming back what is ours & we’re adding value to what is ours to make it globally acceptable & globally appealing! – Deola Sagoe- Global Fashion Designer from Nigeria

If you want to address poverty, you have to bring work-it’s value creation. We’re not here to make charity t-shirts , We are here to make a product & why not come here? There’s a skill base that is being developed. We’re doing good. They are capable of doing great things. It’s quite incredible to think we might save the world thru fashion

Let Africa Trade With Africa
Handmade in Africa: Simone Cipriani and Ilaria Venturini Fendi at the IHT Luxury Conference 2012 :
Africa 2012 Fashions : 
Arise “Made in Africa” – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 : 
President Mills Calls For Intra African Trade : 
Investing in Africa on VOA’s In Focus: 
Africa: Open For Business : 
Fela Kuti – Buy Africa: 

There seems to be a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding of the concept of African fabrics and textiles now known to the world over. Although the story is now out that many so called “African fabrics” are actually Dutch wax prints made in Holland and sold mostly in Africa; the other side of the story that is less known and understood is the Art of Authentic African Textiles/Fabrics: Made in Africa by Africans. African print is a generalized name given to all printed fabrics/textiles mostly worn and sold in Africa; however Africa as a continent from country to country has their own authentic textiles/fabrics that are indigenous to said country.

“African wax prints are generally known to have patterns that tell stories of relevance to the wearer. These include proverbs, poems and traditional African fables. The colours also hold significance as they can represent social standing, age, tribal orientation and marital status. The term ‘African print’ was generally used by the European textile firms in Africa to identify fabrics that were machine-printed and had wax resins and dyes on both sides of the cloth to achieve batik effect. The history of African prints dates back to when batik wax-resist textiles were first imported into Africa from Indonesia in the 1800s, through West African soldiers that served in Indonesia from early 1800s to just beyond the mid 1800s. These batik wax-resist fabrics were also brought into Africa by European traders, mainly the Dutch. The fabrics were then customized and designed to reflect local African tradition, culture and symbolisms. Many of the designs found on fabrics depict events, proverbs, persons of importance or local flora and fauna. African prints are mostly found in Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. They can also be found in many Central and Eastern African countries. The use of African wax prints outside of Africa is now also on the increase. Many Westerners are accepting the beautiful and natural blend the fabrics portray in every design.” (read More :http://www.businessguideghana.com/?p=4982)

The Dy(e)ing Art of African Textiles trailer : 
What materials are used in the making of Kente? – Textiles in Ghana : 
Batik in Takoradi, Ghana : 
Batik and Tie & Dye from Ghana: 

 

About Ghana

 

“We prefer independence with danger than servitude in tranquility… Something in the nature of an economic revolution is required. Our development has been held back for too long by the colonial-type economy. We need to reorganize entirely, so that each country can specialize in producing the goods and crops for which it is best suited…We have the blessing of the wealth of our vast resources, the power of our talents and the potentialities of our people. Let us grasp now the opportunities before us and meet the challenge to our survival… We shall measure our progress by the improvement in the health of our people; by the number of children in school, and by the quality of their education; by the availability of water and electricity in our towns and villages, and by the happiness which our people take in being able to manage their own affairs. The welfare of our people is our chief pride, and it is by this that my Government will ask to be judged…”
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

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