African textile sector signs MOU with LGK Foundation
African textile, fabrics and fashion sector is to get a boost from new partnership initiatives coming under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigeria-based LGK Foundation and the London College of Fashion, part of London’s University of the Arts.
LGK Foundation, established in 2020, in memory of Chief Abdul Gaffar Omokayode Animashawun, works to reinvigorate the Africa’s creative sector, and to bring the finest creations of the continent’s artisans and artists to international markets.
The MoU provides a framework for partnership initiatives in the areas of education, training and research across the whole spectrum of the fabrics, fashion and design industry.
LGK Foundation’s aim is to fill the gaps that currently prevent one of Africa’s greatest traditional activities from becoming a flourishing economic sector. It plans to provide open-access training opportunities, to encourage young people to pursue creative careers, including in crafts, and also to upgrade the skills of artisans to achieve the high standards for design, finish and durability needed to make it in global markets.
“There couldn’t be a better time for the LGK Foundation to launch this initiative,” said Nelly Wandji, a Camerounian marketing expert based in Switzerland.
“World-wide, the fashion and design industry are undergoing huge transformation. Old conventions are being challenged – cultural, social, political–and this is the moment for our continent to overturn assumptions about its crafts and other design products. African creatives should be spearheading innovation on the catwalks and in people’s homes.”