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My scholarship on Ghanaian textiles was first initiated through the purchase of textiles on a trip to Ghana, West Africa in September 2003. During this trip I purchased textiles from traditional brick and mortar retailers, roadside shops, and independent salespersons. A mini-grant from the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University was received to support the purchase of textiles during the trip. The goal of this series was to initially develop a small line of evening dresses, using traditional Ghanaian textiles for an African American target market. The target market for this project has the following characteristics: female, urban, age 25 and up, participates in frequent social events, income of at least 60K, and has an aesthetic value which can be placed somewhere on the continuum between Afrocentricity and Black Consumption or at the intersection of Afrocentricity, Black Consumption, and Acculturation. The textiles selected included a range of wax prints, tie & dye, batiks, and Kente cloth. For this line of wearable art I believe that both the process and product will add to the body of knowledge. I have not found evidence of the creation of garments using Ghanaian textiles in western style silhouettes for African American evening wear.

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