Hairstyles for fabric designing and production

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Textile designing and production over the last century is becoming more sophisticated and intriguing. It has progressed rapidly and steadily in its quest to seek for more opportunities and possibilities for expression. As a result of this evolution, over the last decades, rather amazing things have come not only to contend the traditional landmark of textile designing and production, but to also reshape it. The focus of the project explores textile design concepts based on indigenous and contemporary hairstyles by examining their intricate arrangements and styles. Design principles were applied to originate assorted textile designs, using a computer software, Photoshop as a design tool. Consequently, over twenty textile designs based purely on hairstyles including elements, textures and some colour ways have been made. A textile design catalogue of the results has been produced and some of the outcome has been successfully printed onto appropriate textile materials. The qualitative research approach was used and the researcher specifically employed experimental and observational research methods. Some of the results show that varieties of hairstyles are potential areas for textile design. The researcher recommends that a lot more emphasis ought to be placed on the designing components in the textile course in our curriculum focusing on how to take advantage of the computer age to explore numerous designing software available to improve textile designing process.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Fine Arts (Textile Design)