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Painting ‘Man From Ethiopia’

Painting titled ‘Man From Ethiopia’ by Michel Montecrossa

Description:: ‘Man From Ethiopia’, Mirapuri, 1989, Ink and wax crayon on handmade paper

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Top of the Elevenses/Brunch #49

Hi, what are you having for your Elevenses/Brunch #49?   Mine is Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Grilled Tomatoes, Fresh Coriander in an envelope of warm Pitta Bread with warm Almond Milk.

October is Black History Month in UK and here’s a little poem.

 

Door of (no) Return

Your world and mine used to be the same,

Our ancestors had an African name,

Until we were separated by force.

Through the centuries you waded back stroke by source,

Until your feet touched Africa the motherland soil,

So yours was no vain of toil.

You sat and spoke with new, yet old people,

You smelt the aroma of the food and it glistened your pupil,

You heard the waves and ran with joy into the sea,

You touched and climbed high into the coconut tree.

Whoever said permutations targeted at your mind would cause a point of no return,

Whoever lied that an open door was not for going in and out,

Look!-Freedom is at Door Of No                                                                                                                                                                   Return.

 

Painting ‘African Aphrodite’

Painting by Michel Montecrossa’African Aphrodite’

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MICHEL MONTECROSSA ABOUT ART:
“ART IN ALL FORMS OPENS FOR US THE GATES TO THE WORLDS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. THIS IS THE TRUE MEANING OF ART AND NOT MERELY THE FORM, STYLE OR TECHNIQUE. MY WORK IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC, FILMPRODUCTION, PAINTING, ARCHITECTURE, LITERATURE, POETRY AND PHILOSOPHY OPENS SOME OF THESE DOORS.”

African Scene – drawing by Michel Montecrossa

‘African Scene’ – drawing by Michel Montecrossa

African Scene - painting by Michel Montecrossa

Description: ’African Scene’, Mirapuri, 2014, ink and wax crayon on paper, 42 x 29,7 cm

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Africa in miniature

My country is usually called
Africa in miniature;
Do you know why?
It has everything Africa has;
If not everything, almost everything;
If you want a quick way to know Africa,
Without going from country to country,
Visit this Africa in miniature;
Are you coming soon?
I’ll be waiting for you when you arrive.

Daily Post
Aug 24, 2016
Daily Prompt
Miniature

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/miniature/

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The little ‘ol tribal box

“The runway is set, the models are clothed in animal print and bright colors with their faces painted with bold streaks. The world was ready to receive this Italian designer’s “Africa Collection”. He believed he had successfully brought African culture to life. The world wouldn’t know what hit it when those models got on that runway…”

WRONG.

For a long time, people outside the continent have limited their view of what fashion is like in Africa. They usually use words like ethnic and tribal to describe what they think is fashion from Africa. I sometimes just cringe when people use these words because they limit the reality of our fashion and style. First of all, there isn’t one African culture or style (There are 54 countries with different cultures, sub-cultures and as many as 2000 languages for crying out loud!). Secondly, a lot of the things that they describe with these words ARE NOT EVEN AFRICAN.

I always knew that there was a certain perception about Africa or what our “attempt at fashion” was like, but this truth hit me so hard when I arrived in the States. Honestly, most people just think of masks and animal print and/or very bright Ankara fabric when they hear “African fashion”. Let’s not even mention the people that think we are so poor and untalented that we cannot make our own clothes (yes someone, a supposedly very educated man might I add, actually asked me if I knew what I was saying when I said that fashion from Africa does well on the international market. He said that on TV he never even sees us wear our clothes. We just wear hand-me-down Laker’s jerseys from 5 years ago. *Sigh* Some people try my life on the daily over here, help me Jesus! 😑).

So back to what I was saying. In general, most people outside the continent limit their thoughts to the very traditional things like this:

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Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional wear. Being the full blooded Ghanaian that I am, I absolutely love all the traditional prints and designs, and I am sure other Africans love theirs too. But my problem is this: That is not all we have to offer.

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Neckpiece by Christie Brown – Ghana

I may not be able to speak for all African countries, but I can say that in Ghana, a couple of decades ago, people thought of small-scale seamstresses and tailors when they heard the term fashion design. But now the industry is so much bigger than that.

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Taibo Bacar – Mozambique

It consists of design that is a mix of several different cultures and sewing techniques from all over the world. And come to think of it, I don’t think there were fashion stylists back then that could actually make a decent living; Now there are several!

The whole fashion industry is rapidly growing and evolving and I think it’s time other parts of the world understand and recognize this. Oh and when I say its growing, I really mean it. According to the Euromonitor report, the apparel and textile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is already $31 billion. It definitely was not worth this much a few decades ago!

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Celine Dress – Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria)

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Dress by April Rust – Ghana

The fashion landscape in Africa is changing and I applaud those that are taking it by the horns and running with it to the rest of the world. However, let’s not forget to make sure that we are actually telling our own style story instead of letting others interpret and tell it for us.

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Blazer by Abrantie – Ghana

See this picture below? It’s by Michael Tompsett and I absolutely love it…I don’t know what it means to you, but to me I see the diversity on the continent and the fact that we each have different parts to play in telling our African story. The future is ours for the taking if we choose to believe it, but most importantly, if we show the world that fashion from Africa can’t be placed in a box and just labelled as “ethnic”. Style is just style. And we certainly do have that on the continent.

 

Written by Elorm Sika Yankah

Style Summit Africa (Founder and Content Lead)

www.stylesummitafrica.com

This article was extracted from her blog and can be found at the link above.