Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

BK Fashion Week(end)

After attending the BK Fashion Week(end) Saturday and Sunday show, I couldn't help but notice the common trend that has been hitting the pages of Vogue and Elle: colorful vibrant hues and designs that have strong traditional cultural references. Countless designers are drawing inspiration from Asian and African culture in their collections this season.

The House of Osun displayed this trend during the show featuring hand painted designs inspired by the Yoruba deity of all that is beautiful, sensual, and womanly.

We had a great time viewing other designer's take on fashion inspired by a culture's traditions. Our collection embraces the rich royal tradition of Ghana.

Kente cloth has a long history in Ghana dating back centuries ago to Chief Oti Akenten's reign. At that time, the caravan trade routes of the Sahara were flourishing with the exchange of goods that included dyed silks from the East. The fabric made such an impression on Chief Akenten that he moved to develop the Kente band weaving system. Currently, the technique is extremely specialized and there are countless designs weaved into the cloth with diverging meanings.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Documentaries: An exciting path to knowledge

Documentaries are a great source of knowledge. 2 of my favorite sites to watch them are Moviesfoundonline.com and watch-movies-link-net.com

Two documentaries on Hemma's top watch list are: The Secret & What The Bleep Do We Know!?

Both speak to the amazing idea that we humans have the power to create our own reality and that thought has the power to bring things into existence. They discuss the universe's laws of attraction and assert that due to your thinking you attract both the positive and negative into your life. What's more fascinating is that they both use neurological evidence and Quantum physics to prove their arguments. I would recommend both documentaries to anyone who wants to take charge of their lives and is courageous enough to be successful!

Check them out and leave your comments. Know any other good documentaries? Let us know...