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YOLA GRAY-BAKER –  CREATOR OF HOUSE OF FLAYVA

House of Flayva designs will portray the use of the well-known Jamaican Rastafarian colors of red, green, and yellow, as well as the Jamaican National Colors of green, black and gold.     

Rastafarians adopted the colors red, yellow, and green as the color of the Movement. … The red stands for the blood of black martyrs that were shed around the world during their struggle for liberation, equal rights, and justice. Yellow represents the wealth of the homeland, Africa, particularly the gold. And the green represents the beauty and vegetation of the Promised Land – Ethiopia.

The symbolism of the Jamaican colors …. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green – hope and agricultural resources.

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REGGAE

The Reggae music – an indigenous Jamaican music that has spread around the world in many forms has also been linked to the red, green and yellow colors and when being worn by an individual, they tend to adopt a tropical vibe of being “irie” which is basically a “feeling good” connotation.

GANJA SACRAMENT

As a designer/artist, I use the shape of the ganja leaf in some of my Collections to portray positivity in a product, that for a long time, has been basically demonized. With the realization that it is now considered “The Sacred Plant” by various entities in the scientific and medical industries for it’s various healing benefits, my purpose is to use it as “enhancement” in some of my designs. For example – using it as memes on T/shirts like – “FOR THE HEALTH OF THE NATION, RELIEF IN TAXATION, “BRANJA”MAICA TO DE WURL” (The BRANJA rhyming with GANJA).

And for those who do not advocate the use – “GET OFF THE “HIGH’WAY. CUT DE SPEED AND USE THE WEED FI MEDICINAL NEED”   

KNITTING CULTURE

Even though knitting has always been used for tams, berets, bathsuits etc, I’ve decided to upgrade it to HIGH FASHION by incorporating it into my designs starting with motifs, neck pieces, etc, with new designs to come in couture pieces etc.

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