HOW TO MAKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS or EUROS A WEEK, DOING IMPORT/EXPORT WITH AFRICA!
IMAGINE YOURSELF IN AFRICA, VISITING THE ASHANTI, KENTE, or MALI TRIBES
You can have a wonderful trip to AFRICA and make hundreds of starving villagers happy; buying their cotton, like MALI BLUE and the Picasso type prints above. You can bring home beautiful artworks and make l00 times what you paid. You can shoot a documentary and get DISCOVER Channel to show it and make a million dollars extra. You can take the money back to AFRICA as the bicycle wheel foot pedal turned water irrigation system featured in HEROES PBS series which Redford narrated. The BICYCLE PUMP allows Villagers to bring water from a river to the crops by hose, not bucket. It pumps when farmer rides bicycle. 80$ but nobody there has that kind of money. YOU WILL! And each bike pump feeds hundreds of people as they share it 7 days a week.
Famed, tasteful Atlanta dealer/ collector gallery owner Marla Mallett's website (her Atlanta store is a virtual museum,) and the website has many pictures of the textile art that she collected. A 4x6 weaving is a thousand dollars. http://www.marlamallett.com
To understand the entire region, the esthetic traditions, read: http://www.du.edu/duma/africloth/links.html
Learn why ASHANTI fabric is worth a thousand dollars for a 4 x 6 long piece in Atlanta Georgia, USA.
READ UP ON THE MALI villages.
Read up on KENTE CLOTH
featured in this art exhibit.
Lovely photos of fab stuff on exhibit in a gallery
These are valuable items and be glad folks are beginning to know it!
HUGE collection of photos, videos, stories of
other tribes. http://www.adireafricantextiles.com/core.htm
See the page at Adire where they tell HOW they are woven:
Doesn't this appeal to you? What a vacation! Do it in WINTER
so you won't bake in Africa or freeze here at home.
You can buy fabrics in pieces, sell them just as they are ---by the yard, though some artists move there, and uses the artisans to do their dressmaking work. One artist whose work I found online at one of these sites uses the FINEST PLAIN, unprinted KIMONA silk which he buys in JAPAN. AND HAS it printed by Africans and then made into styles that favor primitive prints.
I just found a cheap THAI business that copies the KIMONO shape, using THAI FABRIC and they make very cheap but gorgeous dresses. PRINTED KIMONO silk is so very costly, there's no way you could buy the real thing and make inexpensive dresses, but look at this copy. Women would buy this thing like crazy for at home entertaining. The INDIANS make block printed cotton bedspreads for almost no cash which are fabulous fabric, cotton that's printed, charming, folklorico. AND CHEAP.
If you travel to AFRICA, BUY TRIBAL MASKS. PACK THEM BETWEEN THE LAYERS OF FABRIC. Carefully PLASTIC WRAP the MASKS as they WILL definitely soil the fabric. TO SEE what MASKS GO FOR, $225 to 1,000 dollars usually, see this MASK WEBSITE.
NOTE: IF the reader of this file is in AFRICA already, SEEK OUT THIS KIND OF trade ITEM, get digital photos taken, then use CRAIGS LIST ORG online to find your business partners. They will function as vendor-AGENTS IN BIG MONEY CITIES, (THE EURO) or MEDIUM MONEY CITIES (USA)
Set up a shipping route. It will enrich both of you so neither of you two will cheat the other. The vendor will go to the Parisian, Swiss, German, Beverly Hills, Houston Texas boutiques with digitals and get orders. The vendor will not tell the buyer about you, because then obviously, you could shut the vendor agent out. The vendor agent will send you a money order, payable to your bank on proof of your having shipped the mask. After a few years, you may trust one another enough to not require this step. Any questions I am astrology at earthlink dot net in Hollywood California.
MARLA MALLETT dot com has prices for her INDIAN TEXTILES in DOLLARS. She sells out of a shop in Atlanta Georgia -- Checkitout. THE PRICES for the fabrics from INDIA, the cotton purses, etc.
Chitin Embroidered Bag. Gujarat,
India. 25"x 36"
Embroidered Gujarat Toran. India.
Tie-Dye Shawl with Silver Embroidery.
India. 67"x 68½"
Pashtun Tray Cover. Ghazni area,
Katawaz. Afghanistan. 22"x 27½"
THEY ONLY GET THAT KIND OF MONEY AS THESE ARE WORKS OF ART. The store is a gallery. The smartest IDEA is to make a cheaper version for regular people. Using these designs as a starting point. Or open your store on 5th Avenue, Rue de la Paix in Paris and buy the more costly folk art pieces and get Marla's prices. I schlepped some folk art Guatemalan embroidered cotton to MADONNA's DESIGNER and he wanted all I could import. Today, being older, I'd supply the extant fancy stores wholesale, not open stores myself. I'd be a WHOLESALE LINE of folkloric items. (SEE THE TYPE OF THING HERE.)
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