Cotton Global Threads exhibition: on the heritage of wax print and the exploitative nature of cotton production

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A recent visit to the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition raised 2 issues that I thought were particularly relevant for the Afri-love context: the heritage of wax print and the problems with cotton (and our complicity!). 

The exhibition at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery gives a global history of the production, consumption and trade in cotton and features art by contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Malian artists Abdoulaye Konaté and Aboubakar Fofana and Grace Ndiritu. As well as presenting some truly beautiful textile-related installations and pieces of art, you're in for an informative experience. 

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Mar Y Sol fashion accessories

Mar-Y-Sol

Mar Y Sol is a cross-cultural, cross-continental collaboration between artisans in Madagascar and artists in the US. Materials sustainably sourced from Madagascar's forests are used to create vibrant, playful fashion accessories. "Trade not aid", economic independence for the artisans and environmental conservation are the intended byproducts of Mar Y Sol's designs.