The role of the textile artist in the A.G.O.A. initiative

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The establishment of standards is of primary importance in any productive establishment. This thesis identifies the ways by which eligible products are exported under the AGOA initiative in terms of quality and role of the textile artist in this initiative. Textile artists’ work is in the making and designing of the fabric and garment. Principles of design and the techniques of mass production are the textile artists’ initiative, because mass production is a creative process which requires the replication of garment design, labels and packaging in varying sizes. Given the low quality of textiles produced in the country there is the need to standardize textile products to meet international standards, hence AGOA. The AGOA initiative is an act which enables producers to export products to the US in a duty free quota free system. In this thesis, the researcher analyses the roles of the textile artist in the initiative based on the government policies on the textile eligible products. The researcher visited selected textile and garment industries in the country of which majority are in Accra. During these trips observations of garment making were made in garment industries. Primary data were collected during this process of which about 112 people respondent were given questionnaire and interviewed. Based on the objectives of the thesis to examine exportable products and analyse government policy on quality under the initiative the following findings and recommendations were made. Findings 1. Less or no use care labels which are part of the US trade policy, hence quality. 2. No lay down policy on textile and garment. 3. Few accredited garment production companies 4. There is no fabric production industry in the country to produce under the G.S.P. Recommendation 1. The need for proper and intensive educational programmes based on the criteria for selecting good textiles and garment for production. 2. Establishment of a commission of textile to run the affairs of the industry. 3. Employment of technical personnel to take care of quality control measures 4. Re-opening and renovation of closed textile firms especially the knitting industry.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 2004