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Fashion Recycling: How Southern Designers are Re-using and Making Money

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY With the rising awareness of the importance of doing fashion in an ethical and sustainable way, more and more fashion designers in the South are getting very creative. Fashion earns big money around the world: The global clothing industry is estimated to be worth US $900 billion […]

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Ghanaian Coffins Prove Design and Craftsmanship Boost Incomes

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY In many parts of the world, indigenous ingenuity and craft skills are finally getting the recognition they deserve. The quirky but very inventive gadgets and solutions featured on the Afrigadget blog (http://www.afrigadget.com) never fail to inspire and amaze. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) fashionable gentlemen […]

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Design Collaborations Revitalize Traditional Craft Techniques

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY Keeping alive traditional craft techniques and methods in the age of globalization is a tricky balance to get right. As countries seek to increase living standards and income, traditional craft-making methods are often jettisoned in favour of attracting manufacturing and other high-value activities – meaning rich […]

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Better by Design in China

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY In recent decades, China has been known more for its inexpensive manufactured goods than as a producer of high quality products. But this is changing as the country seeks to move up the economic chain. China’s long-established design traditions were largely overlooked as the country made […]