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Made in Africa


Made in Africa

This past Christmas I asked to be gifted with a genealogy kit to learn more about my ancestry. From the genealogy kit, I learned that my ancestors descended from the West African Coast and hoped to plan a visit there someday.  As a birthday surprise from my mother, I embarked on an experience of a lifetime. Together, with my family, I flew to the West African country of Ghana the week following my 12th birthday!  

While in Ghana I got the opportunity to meet and work with local seamsters. I was able to learn new techniques, and had the honor of working on an industrial sewing machine. I even visited a kente cloth factory where I learned about the special meaning to patterns. I also got the opportunity to recreate some of my most popular designs.

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