For my collection I’m using the emerald as a physical connector or mirror of African culture to reflect on my experience as an African American woman. I’m specifically looking at African American historic time periods that are considered “extra” and “ghetto” to a large part of society, such as 90’s New York street culture. I am showing how jewels in Africa are mined by outside European forces and being taken and used for their benefit. There’s a connection between the Black diaspora having their cultural traditions of fashion and beauty being denied, disrespected and stolen. The usage of African American jewelry trends and African gems within my garment is an overall statement to how traditions of black adornment throughout the world have been labeled as unworthy for us to possess. Stealing native resources such as the emerald is the same as wearing bamboo earrings and appropriating it, or labeling these accessories as inappropriate because of racist bias. The emerland is a mirror or reflector that shows the cultural connections across a diaspora’s experience. When the garment is documented, I will be styling myself in it by wearing jewelry that I am using in my garment and different forms of native African body markings .The aspects of the emerald is shown through my textiles and dye process.The color story includes greens inspired by the gemstone and earthy tones to reference the lands they come from. Surface treatment will be taken into account by embellishing my garment with various green crystals. I have been looking into the rice history of emeralds and what they mean . This is just to get inspiration for my yardage for my garment. I would also like to explore feminine elements for the garment.