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Fashion Roundup: Kisua, EDUN, Black Fashion Network + More!

We roundup the important stories about African and Black fashion that came out this week!


Kisua

Kisua, a new African e-commerce platform is set to launch next month. The idea for the site first came up when CEO Samuel Mensah was thinking about Africa’s strong tradition of producing and gifting fabrics, but its small number of established fashion brands: “I started to wonder why somebody wasn’t making African garments for consumption in African and global markets,” he told WWD.

Gert-Johan Coetzee

During SA Fashion Week, Gert-Johan Coetzee unveiled his last collection. Using fashion as a tool to contribute to the fight against cancer and collaborating with the Pink drive — a company that runs mobile breast-check units in South Africa. He will be discussing it on The Real Goboza, a South African celebrity gossip and entertainment magazine show. at 6pm on SABC1.

EDUN

After a two-season collaboration inspired by African creativity, EDUN unveiled their Studio Africa Collection for Fall/ Winter 13. The collection's 36 pieces focus on denim manufactured in Africa with CCI (Conservation Cotton Initiative) cotton from Uganda. EDUN looked to reinterpret the  four-pocket jean that was massively successful in 1970s South Africa.

Black Fashion Network?

Black Fashion Week was a huge success for the second time in Paris and closed last weekend. During an interview on Panafrican TV Channel Africa 24, the founder Adama N'Diaye, known for her Adama Paris line, announced the launch of a network focused on fashion from Africa. We'll keep you posted!

Anitah Quansah was recently featured in the Zen Magazine, who calls the collection " a stunning range of breathtaking jewelry." We totally agree and wanted to share this outstanding 2013 collection with you all.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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