AFRICA

DESTINATIONS / AFRICA

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FACTS / Africa is the world's 2nd largest and 2nd most-populous continent. It covers 20% of the Earth's total land area.  With over 1 billion people it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various island archipelagoes.  Africa is widely accepted as the origin of humans. 

FASHION / Vlisco, Established in 1846, has been designing and producing colourful fashion fabrics that form an essential part of the lively West and Central African culture.  As the sole authentic designer and manufacturer of such fabrics as ‘Wax Hollandais’, Vlisco is unparalleled when it comes to quality, professional skill and innovation

African wax prints full of color and meaning.  Originally, wax resist dyed fabrics came from Indonesia which exported to Africa. They became popular and over time Africans created their own designs.  

Now, primarily made in Ghana they have strong cultural and economic importance.  The patterns tell stories to the wearer; such as proverbs, poems and African fables.  


Colors represent social standing, age, tribal orientation and marital status.  Vlisco has taken the idea to the next level as you see below in these fine prints.

African Inspired Gold Earrings
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WEST AFRICA / Ghana is on the West Coast of Africa.  English merchants named it the Gold Coast for it's impressive areas of gold resources. French merchants, impressed with jewelry worn by the coastal people, named it the Ivory Coast. The Ivory Coast also derived its name from herds of elephants and the ivory trade flourishing at that time. Consequently, today the elephant population is much smaller.  The elephant trade is outlawed.  

ART / Beach Doodles in Ghana by Andrew van der Merwe  

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PEOPLE / Blue Men: The Taureg People

The Tuareg people are Berber-speakers who trace their ancestry to the indigenous peoples of North Africa in ancient times. They are known as the “Blue Men,” for their indigo-dyed garments which leave dark blue pigment on their skins, and as the “Knights of the Sahara” for their generosity, desert hospitality and respect for women.


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