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Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration
An art exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art inspired in part by my Bags and Stamps posting on the cultural history of the Ghana must Go bag. Here Stephanie Syjuco "will combine the story of the coverlets with Syjuco's recent research into the creation and use of plastic, woven, commercial shopping bags that are produced in huge numbers in plaid patterns of various colors, largely in China. Because of their low cost and ready availability, these bags, which are used mostly to transport personal belongings and food, have come to be visual indicators of immigrants in communities around the world. Different countries refer to these bags colloquially as "Turkish Suitcases" (Germany), "Chinese plaid," (US) or "Ghana must go," (West Africa) bags.

Syjuco will oversee the manufacture of plastic fabric by commercial producers in Beijing, using several designs from the CMA coverlets instead of the familiar plaid patterns. She will then design and create a "product line" from this fabric."
art  bags  GhanaMustGo  culture  patterns  appropriation  textiles  fabric  production  plain  immigration  migration  capitalism  China  Ghana  StephanieSyjuco  USA  Africa  coverlets  history 
june 2011 by amaah
Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration
An art exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art inspired in part by my Bags and Stamps posting on the cultural history of the Ghana must Go bag. Here Stephanie Syjuco "will combine the story of the coverlets with Syjuco's recent research into the creation and use of plastic, woven, commercial shopping bags that are produced in huge numbers in plaid patterns of various colors, largely in China. Because of their low cost and ready availability, these bags, which are used mostly to transport personal belongings and food, have come to be visual indicators of immigrants in communities around the world. Different countries refer to these bags colloquially as "Turkish Suitcases" (Germany), "Chinese plaid," (US) or "Ghana must go," (West Africa) bags.

Syjuco will oversee the manufacture of plastic fabric by commercial producers in Beijing, using several designs from the CMA coverlets instead of the familiar plaid patterns. She will then design and create a "product line" from this fabric."
art  bags  GhanaMustGo  culture  patterns  appropriation  textiles  fabric  production  plain  immigration  migration  capitalism  China  Ghana  StephanieSyjuco  USA  Africa  coverlets  history 
june 2011 by amaah
Románszatyor
The Hungarians have just coined new name for Ghana must go bags: Románszatyor. ego Romanian bags. "Large suitcase-shaped, usually in color, with villámzárral, polyester bags, which are primarily from Romania, and markets around pályaudavarok working occasional vendors often carry the whole árukészletüket." Again this plays on the same notion of refugee bags, the naming is done by others e.g. Ghana must go named by Nigerians, Guyanese Samsonite named by Trinidadians, Turkenkoffer (turkish suitcase) named by Germans... Cultural universality of ostensible insults, folk memory of tribal symbols.
naming  refugee  culture  bags  Hungary  Romania  observation  perception  identity  language  GhanaMustGo 
january 2010 by amaah
Paper Bags as Fashion Statements
conspicuous consumption in Japan... the logo or stamp is everything... bags and stamps
culture  fashion  perception  observation  money  Japan  capitalism  trends  bags  commercialization 
august 2009 by amaah
Ghanaian fashion accessory is plastic fantastic
"Our bags are complete trash" may not strike you as the perfect sales pitch. But one Ghanaian entrepreneur would beg to disagree. His Trashy Bags venture is turning the scourge of discarded plastic into a cool fashion accessory. bags and stamps...
plastics  bags  plastic  recycling  fashion  ghana  Africa  entrepreneur  business 
march 2008 by amaah
Democracy Ascendant In States of West Africa
The resulting migration has been immortalized across the region in the name of a cheap but sturdy piece of luggage, the woven nylon "Ghana-Must-Go Bag," still favored by poor West Africans on the move. Bags and Stamps, historical memory baby
Africa  politics  democracy  Ghana  bags  memory 
march 2008 by amaah
The Handbag
If one thinks anthropologically, handbags may be a vestigial expression of women’s biological desire to nest... By the same token, the handbag may only be a shrewd invention on the part of patriarchy to keep women enslaved. The dead white male who inven
bags  culture  gender  fashion  style  obsession  observation  perception  marketing 
october 2007 by amaah
Human Behavior, Global Warming, and the Ubiquitous Plastic Bag
Once upon a time, the question was plastic or paper, which had its own somewhat uncertain calculus of virtue and waste. Now, it has begun to dawn on people that you don’t need either. Most supermarkets these days sell sturdy, reusable bags for 99 cents
plastics  environment  plastic  economics  convenience  markets  bags 
october 2007 by amaah
Terror’s Purse Strings
“There is a kind of an obsession with bags. It’s so easy to make money.” Counterfeiters agree. As soon as a handbag hits big, counterfeiters around the globe churn out fake versions by the thousands. But terrorism? Come on now. Enemy combatant shopp
bags  counterfeit  commerce  capitalism  security  theatre  fear 
august 2007 by amaah
Just the Thing to Carry Your Conscience In
Bags and stamps, baby, bags and stamps... The terminology is even in dispute: Envirosacks in the USA, Ecosacs in the UK... the environmental shell game... still every little bit matters right?
bags  environment  marketing  ShellGame  plastics 
august 2007 by amaah
BYOB – that's 'bring your own bag' – when you shop
Bags and stamps baby, bags and stamps... the environment movement's backlash against plastic bags is fostering an explosion of 'eco-friendly' tote bags and the like... pity that most drive their SUVs to the mall with their EcoSac... fool's gold
plastics  bags  environment  capitalism  plastic  design  fashion  style  commercialization  ShellGame 
august 2007 by amaah
Get a handle on original fakes
Designer Marc Jacobs has decided to get his own back on cheap Asian knock-offs — by ripping off one of China’s most recognisable non-fashion statements: the iconic red, blue and white plastic “raffia” bag. The “Street GM” tote, which made its
culture  irony  Ghana  fashion  appropriation  history  interplay  Africa  funny  commercialization  Nigeria  reinvention  GhanaMustGo  plaid  bags  MarcJacobs  LouisVuitton  SouthAfrica  language  influence 
july 2007 by amaah
A Plagiarism in Plaid
To the Editors (Daily Telegraph) I noted with interest that Liz Hunt's recent opinion piece — Immigrants have bags of ambition (June 2, 2007) — was a nice reworking of my April 13, 2007 essay, Bags and Stamps, published on my blog, Koranteng's Toli.
influence  ideas  fame  plagiarism  DailyTelegraph  Telegraph  journalism  blogging  theft  hubris  culture  attribution  appropriation  observation  rogues  FallenAngels  ThingsFallApart  bags  plaid  GhanaMustGo  Guyana  Trinidad  Mozambique  toli 
june 2007 by amaah
Daily Telegraph writer plagiarizes Koranteng's Toli
Well, well, well... We'll just say that she omitted to link and give credit for my toli. Glad to know that I have readers in high places... And on a piece about a high level plagiarism by Louis Vuitton. Not a bad remix for what it's worth. Fame! Profit?
influence  ideas  fame  plagiarism  Telegraph  DailyTelegraph  journalism  blogging  rogues  to_blog  theft  hubris  culture  attribution  appropriation  LizHunt  GhanaMustGo  plaid  bags 
june 2007 by amaah
Louis Vuitton sells "Ghana Must Go" bag
Captured on Louis Vuitton’s catwalk was the ever famous ‘Ghana Must Go Bag’ also known as ‘Efiewura Sua Me’ (help me carry my bag). The bags used to carry all sorts have suddenly become trade marked items. from yam tubers to smoked fish
culture  irony  Ghana  fashion  appropriation  history  interplay  Africa  funny  commercialization  Nigeria  reinvention  GhanaMustGo  plaid  bags  MarcJacobs  LouisVuitton 
march 2007 by amaah

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