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The latest on our work with Cisco to help businesses on their journey to the cloud

Category: Google | Jun 11, 2018

Whether they want to bridge on-premises and cloud environments, or simply integrate their critical enterprise and cloud-native apps, many businesses need solutions that allow them to adopt the cloud at their own pace and on their own terms. Our partnership with Cisco was built to help enterprises do exactly that, and this week at Cisco Live, we wanted to share more on the evolution of this partnership.

Coming soon: Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud 

We want to help customers wherever they are in their journey to the cloud, whether they’re cloud-ready or modernizing their infrastructure on-premises. Announced last October, the Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud will be available to all our customers later this year.

The platform offers enterprises an open hybrid cloud architecture that lets them take advantage of the cloud leveraging and extending existing IT security, control and best practices. This architecture allows applications to span public and on-premises clouds so they can run where they run best.

Customers will be able to connect to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services such as Google Kubernetes Engine, BigQuery, BigTable, Cloud SQL, Spanner, Cloud Storage, and Pub/Sub through their on-premises Cisco environment. Legacy workloads on-premises can be exposed to the cloud via Apigee’s API services. In January, Cisco announced the Cisco Container Platform built on upstream Kubernetes, a major milestone for the offering.

We’ve already seen early enthusiasm for Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud from customers across industries such as retail, e-commerce, and life sciences, and our partners are an integral part of getting it into customers’ hands. Many partners, including WWT, Accenture, and IGNW  are already testing out this solution. Here’s what a couple of them had to say:

“We are excited to partner with Cisco and Google to support customers on their hybrid cloud journeys,” says Jonathan H. King, Vice President of Strategy, Data Center & Cloud at World Wide Technology (WWT). “Many of our customers want applications to span from data center to cloud.  As the cloud landscape continues to evolve, customers need a platform that gives them the ability to develop and deploy traditional and new applications across a mix of data centers and clouds with minimal effort. To help customers reach this goal, WWT is building a focused Google Cisco Hybrid Cloud Solution competency at our Advanced Technology Center. Our labs will provide customers with a comprehensive environment to see the unique value that this new platform offers, including demonstrations, proof of concepts, and hands on training.”

“With the combined superior performance of Google Cloud and Cisco UCS, both ‘Hybrid IT’ and ‘Cloud First’ customers engaging in DevOps initiatives can transition to a new era of application performance,” says Andrew Cadwell, CEO, IGNW. “It is a journey that we are taking with our customers, by enabling them to take advantage of development tools and enhanced performance that increase developer productivity and operations efficiency.”

This new platform will be available through Google Cloud, Cisco and Cisco’s global partner network, and will be supported by Cisco’s technical support.

Integrating Webex Meetings and Google Calendar

We want to make it easier for customers to integrate G Suite with the enterprise apps they trust and use daily. To help, we’re bringing Webex Meetings to Google Calendar. Now you can easily create, view and join a Webex Meetings directly from a Calendar event with one click on web or mobile. Learn more in this G Suite post.

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Learn more at Google Cloud Next

If you’re interested in getting a deeper look at Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud, we’re offering an in-depth session at our Google Cloud Next event in San Francisco July 24-26, which dives into the use cases this joint solution addresses, and offers a demo of how all components fit together. To learn more and register, visit the Next ‘18 website. Cisco Live attendees can also take advantage of a discounted rate to register for Next—stop by our booth at Cisco Live to learn more.

If you’ll be in Orlando for Cisco Live, don’t miss Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene’s keynote appearance, and stop by booth 1737 for demos and a hands-on look at our integrations. We’d love to say hello. For more information on our partnership with Cisco, visit our website.

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The Suffragettes and the Road to Equality on Google Arts & Culture

Category: Google | Jun 10, 2018

Following decades of organized campaigning led by charismatic and brilliant women from around the UK, in 1918, women of all classes, ages and professions came together in the triumph for voting rights for many women. Ten years later, this right was extended to all women over 21, giving women the vote on the same terms as men.

TheRoad to Equality has continued over the last century, with many brave women and men campaigning on a broad range of equal rights issues. In June this year, as a wave of Processionscelebrating women and their long struggle for political and social equality comes to the UK, Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with more than 20 partners to bring online archival collections, video footage, and in-depth, visual stories of those who have helped shape history.

For the first time, Google Arts & Culture is showcasing the work, lives and sacrifices of powerful figures like Emmeline Pankhurt, Milicent Fawcett, and Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. This online experience delves into the organizations they established, their revolutionary forms of protest, and the objects that represent their legacy—the iconic suffragette banners, their personal letters and writings, photographs, and hundreds of other artifacts.

Inspired by the historic unveiling of a statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, we partnered with the Mayor of London’s office on “Signs of Change,” a film project with the artist Gillian Wearing, and featuring the Mayor Sadiq Khan. The film shines a light on the achievements made by the women in history and contrasts them with contemporary figures. From teen activists and deputy mayors to local Londoners from all walks of life, the film highlights the diversity of ambitions for the future.

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    Newly digitized scrapbooks from the Museum of London collection. Extremely fragile and not publicly displayed, these scrapbooks provide beautiful insight into some of the Suffragettes personal experiences.

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    An editorial feature by the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst on why the suffragette’s struggle remains so relevant and inspirational today.

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    At just 18 years old, teenage campaigner Amika George is campaigning to make free menstrual products available to schoolgirls from low income families.

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    Rosa May Billinghurst used her tricycle wheelchair, decorated in suffragette colours, to charge at police officers during demonstrations.

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    Mary Somerville suffrage banneris part of the LSE Women’s Library beautiful collection of suffrage banners, commemorating scientist Mary Somerville.

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    Remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Foundling Museum’s Collection. Collection

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    The UK’s first female press photographer Christina Broom meticulously documented the suffrage movement, giving an insight into the lives of suffragists and suffragettes across the UK.

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    Women’s Day March poster is part of the Feminist Library collection. With bold colourful designs, the Women’s Liberation Movement continued the suffrage campaigners’ traditional of powerful feminist protests.

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    Daughter of a Punjabi Maharaja, and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia DuleepSingh sold the Suffragette newspaper outside her home at Hampton Court Palace, and joined the Women’s Tax Resistance League, refusing to pay her taxes until women were given the vote.

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    Y B A Wife? Posteris from the Glasgow Women’s Library collections, showcasing playful and powerful ephemera legacy of women’s activism.

Learn more about The Road to Equality and the men and women who have supported this movement by exploring the exhibition on Google Arts & Culture and on our iOS and Android apps.

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The gnoment you’ve been waiting for

Category: Google | Jun 10, 2018

For centuries, garden gnomes—the bearded lawn ornaments with round bellies and pointed, red hats—have decorated people’s front yards around the world. Now they’re the centerpiece of our latest interactive Google Doodle.

The garden gnome, or gartenzwerge, which was made popular in 19th-century Germany, is said to protect people’s gardens, keep hidden treasures safe and bring good luck. Today, try your luck with these tiny statues and see what good fortunes they bring to your virtual garden. The farther your gnome travels after it launches from the catapult (or trebuchet to be exact), the more flowers you plant—and the more points you earn. Once you learn the basics with a classic gnome statue, you can choose from six colorful gnomes all with different shapes, sizes and bounciness.

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The early workings of today’s Gnome-themed interactive Google Doodle.

You’ll learn a few gnome facts along the way too—like how they are made and where in the world they first appeared.

Ready, set, gnome!

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Spotting and squashing spam on Search

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

When you search with Google, our goal is to provide you with results from relevant and authoritative sources. We work hard to ensure that search spam doesn’t get in the way of you finding the information you’re looking for.

You can get a sense of how search could be ruined by search spam by visiting the spam folder in your Gmail account. Just as Gmail fights email spam and keeps it out of your inbox, our search spam fighting systems work to keep your search results clean.

Okay, so what is spam?

Search spam comes in a variety of different forms. We refer to a page or site as “spammy” if it is trying to fool or manipulate our ranking systems. Some spam comes from site owners who are intentionally trying to secure higher search rankings using techniques that go against our guidelines. While search spam is designed impact search ranking, some spammy pages may also be harmful to users, trying to trick you into providing your personal or financial information or subscribing to a service with unclear terms.

In more serious cases, spammy webpages are on websites that may unknowingly have been victims of hacking. Hacked websites can create serious threats to users: once controlled by hacker, a site can become a channel for distributing malware or causing further damage, while also taking advantage of the legitimate website owner.

That doesn’t sound good. What are you doing about it?

We have systems in place to detect and prevent search spam, but we also work actively with site owners to maintain a healthy web. We provide guidelines for webmasters, encouraging them to produce high-quality content and services. In 2017, we conducted 250+ webmaster meetups and office hours around the world reaching more than 220,000 website owners. Through our support forum we answered thousands of questions each month, and through Search Console we sent over 45 million notifications to registered website owners alerting them to possible problems with their websites which could affect their appearance in search. While most spam detection is done automatically, when spam slips through, we take manual action. Last year, we sent 6 million manual action messages to webmasters about practices we identified that were against our guidelines, along with information on how to resolve the issue.

Last year, we focused a great deal of effort on reducing the impact on users from hacked websites, and were able to detect and remove more than 80 percent of compromised sites from search results. We’re also working closely with many providers of popular content management systems like WordPress and Joomla to help them fight spammers that abuse forums and comment sections.

What can I do?

Our automated systems are constantly working to detect and block spam. Still, we always welcome hearing from you when something seems … phishy. Last year, we were able to take action on nearly 90,000 user reports of search spam.

Reporting spam, malware and other issues you find helps us protect the site owner and other searchers from this abuse. You can file a spam report, a phishing report or a malware report. You can also alert us to any issue with Google search by clicking on the “Send feedback” link at the bottom of the search results page, which will trigger this reporting tool:

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You can highlight whatever issue you may have spotted in search, add comments and forward that to our search team for review.

Your feedback is appreciated to help us create a spam-free search experience for everyone.

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The High Five: Search trends for the start of June

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

With a little help from the Google News Lab, take a peek at a few of this week’s most-searched trends:

Signed, sniffed, delivered, I’m yours

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service announced their first-ever scratch-n-sniff stamps, and they’re popsicle-scented. “Scratch and sniff stickers” and “scratch and sniff books” stunk up the top searched scratch and sniff items this week. Alaska was pretty interested in the U.S. Postal Service, while Iowa was more concerned with getting their scratch and sniff on.

What will the new name “b”?

The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, shocked breakfast lovers everywhere by revealing their plans to change their name to IHOb. But on search and elsewhere, the question remains: “what does IHOb stand for?” Folks across Maryland, Texas, Georgia and Kansas were particularly interested in IHOP, which hit a Grand Slam everywhere except for North Dakota, where search interest between Denny’s and IHOP was split 50/50. What was the top searched pancake flavor this week? Banana pancakes stacked up higher than the rest.

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The World Cup kicks off on June 14 and fans around the globe are warming up to cheer on their favorite teams. Some of the top trending questions include “how to watch World Cup online?” and “who will win the World Cup 2018?” Newcomers and superfans can use this cool data visualization toolto see how the world is searching for the World Cup. And if you find yourself asking “what is offsides in soccer” or want to know “how to become a soccer referee,” Google Trends has you covered throughout the entire journey to victory.

Everybody get your float on

More than 2 million people are expected to attend the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, taking place this weekend in New York City. Search interest in Puerto Rican actress (and Parade Queen!) Zuleyka Rivera spiked by nearly 4,000 percent this week in the U.S. As participants get ready to walk and float down Fifth Avenue, people are asking “how long is the Puerto Rican Day parade?” Don’t forget your flags, high energy and comfortable shoes.  

Saying goodbye

On a much sadder note, we lost icons this week when handbag designer Kate Spade and food idol Anthony Bourdain passed away in tragic suicides. Known for her bright colors and encouraging words, people searched for quotes by the designer: “Kate Spade she’s a dreamer, doer, thinker quote” and “Kate Spade she is quick, curious, playful and strong.” And remembered for his taste for the unknown, people looked for: “Anthony Bourdain quotes on life” and “Anthony Bourdain quotes food.”

We’ve also seen a large increase in searches related to suicide prevention, like “how to help someone who is depressed.” On Search, we have systems in place to help people find information from trusted organizations, such as national hotlines, that can provide help and support for those who may need it.

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#teampixel is very verde this week

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

Though one famous frog may disagree, when you’re on #teampixel, it’s easy to be green. And this week, #teampixel found pops of emerald everywhere—in a crack in the sidewalk, in the grip of a cat, and in unusual architecture.

The next time you capture something cool with your Pixel (green or otherwise), tag it with #teampixel and you could see your work featured on @google, @madebygoogle and The Keyword.

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Explore the high seas in VR and Google Earth on World Oceans Day

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

On World Oceans Day, we honor one of our most unique ecosystems and important resources. This year, we invite you to learn more about our vast and varied oceans, and some of the challenges facing them, by immersing yourself in virtual reality (VR) and diving into curated nautical adventures in Google Earth.

 

It’s estimated that around 35 percent of harvested fish and seafood is lost or wasted somewhere between when it’s caught and when it appears on your plate. As part of our Daydream Impact program, the World Wildlife Fund and Condition One brought this journey to life through a virtual reality documentary showing how fish get from Ocean to Plate. Short of actually being on a fishing boat or in a processing plant, there’s no better way to understand the fishing industry supply chain and its impact on our oceans. Check out the video below, or by using a VR viewer like Cardboard or Daydream View. You can also experience this journey in Google Earth.

Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply Chain

We’ve also schooled up with some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits in Google Earth Voyager. Dive in and learn about humpback whales with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an organization that researches large marine ecosystems that make up our planet’s oceans. Understanding how these ecosystems interact can help humpback whales and other oceanic creatures thrive. Plus, you can hear the song of the summer performed by humpback whales near Hawaii.

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And finally, we’ll take a satellite view of the oceans with “Waterways from Space” from NASA’s Earth Observatory. The latest in our series of views of the planet from above, this stunning collection of imagery shows some of the most beautiful oceans, seas and lakes as captured by satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station.

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We hope these stories and sights will inspire you to get involved and help protect our vast and fragile waters.

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Close encounters of the fishy kind

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

When the Earth is viewed from space, we can see that our planet is more blue than green. From the diverse organisms that call the ocean home, to the complex ways it stabilizes the climate, our survival is undeniably intertwined with the health of our oceans.

Much of the ocean is severely overfished with some species teetering on the brink of collapse. By harnessing big data and artificial intelligence, Global Fishing Watch, a platform founded by Google, Skytruth, and Oceana, provided the first near real-time view of large-scale fishing activities around the world. Launched in 2016, it has proven to be a critical tool for fish population management and in protecting critical marine habitats. Today we’re adding two new data layers to increase transparency and awareness around fishing activity, in order to ultimately influence sustainable policies.

Revealing vessel rendezvous at sea

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for an estimated $23.5 billion worth of fish annually worldwide(that’s one in every five fish that goes to market).Transshipment—one of the methods used to conduct IUU fishing practices—occurs when one fishing vessel offloads its catch to a refrigerated vessel at sea, making it easier for illegally caught fish to be combined with legitimate seafood. This typically occurs in regions of unclear jurisdiction or just outside of a country’s national waters. It often goes unreported and unnoticed and sometimes provides cover for human rights issues of bonded labor and trafficking.

By using machine learning to classify over 300 thousand vessels into 12 types, we can then identify when a fishing vessel is alongside refrigerator vessels for a sufficient amount of time for a transshipment. Regulations vary widely for transshipment, so the data does not suggest illegality—rather, it reveals patterns and hotspots where events occur, the vessels involved, and provides a new perspective into this sometimes abused practice to further investigations around specific incidents as well as general policy discussions.

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Close encounters: Each pink circle on the map represents an encounter between two vessels. By zooming into the circles it’s possible to identify the vessels and track their journey.

Lighting up the Dark Fleet
Not all fishing vessels carry GPS broadcasting devices like Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), and there are technical complications in some dense regions that prevent full reception. So getting a comprehensive picture of fishing activity is challenging.

Global Fishing Watch now publishes the location of brightly lit vessels operating at night The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produces this data from weather satellites that image the entire Earth every night that are sensitive enough to detect light emitted by a single brightly lit vessel. For example, Squid Jiggers —a practice poorly regulated in many regions— fish at night by illuminating the water surface to attract their catch. These operations range from small wooden boats with basic lights, to massive industrial vessels with the equivalent of sport stadium lighting. While we do not get any identifying characteristics or visuals of the detected vessel, it enables us to show an additional 10 to 20 thousand boats for a more complete view of fishing activities.

In search of squid: A fleet of Chinese squid fishing vessels works a pocket of the Arabian Sea just outside the national waters of Oman and Yemen. Because they fish only at night using lights to attract the squid to the surface, new detection methods show the fleet is considerably larger.

In search of squid: A fleet of Chinese squid fishing vessels works a pocket of the Arabian Sea just outside the national waters of Oman and Yemen. Because they fish only at night using lights to attract the squid to the surface, new detection methods show the fleet is considerably larger.

Google was a founding partner of Global Fishing Watch from the beginning, bringing the latest machine learning and cloud computing technology to create an unprecedented view of human interactions with our oceans’ natural resources. Fisheries, a traditionally opaque industry, is ushering a new wave of transparency, driven by the consumer and market demands, and enabled by technology.

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“Presente”: Join Lin-Manuel Miranda in supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

To support ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Google is now matching donations up to $2 million to the Hispanic Federation and Mercy Corps. We asked ”Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to share his thoughts on why this is important. Read his story below, and donate now at g.co/supportPR.

Puerto Rico is 35 by 100 miles—an archipelago with a main island and two adjacent island-municipalities, Culebra and Vieques. But this tiny paradise has made an outsized impression on the world stage…artists…musicians…major league shortstops…and five Miss Universes. A territory of the United States since 1898, Puerto Ricans, by birth, are U.S. citizens. Right now, there are more Puerto Ricans in the continental United States (over 4.5 million) than on the island, 3.3 million. It’s not surprising that when the island is in trouble, the diaspora says, “presente.” 

Puerto Rico is my second home. It’s where my parents were born. My mom lived there until she was a toddler, and my dad grew up there until he was about 18 and came to New York for graduate school. I had the incredible privilege and good fortune of having them send me to Puerto Rico every summer. My sister and I lived with my grandparents in Vega Alta, a humble town on the northern coast of the island. I used to work at my aunt’s school supply store on the frozen slushie machine.

And Puerto Rico is where Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, 2017—the largest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in modern history. The devastation was widespread: most estimates put the damage costs at over $90 billion, the third most costly hurricane ever. In less than 48 hours, 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s agriculture was destroyed and 85 percent of above-ground telephone and internet cables were knocked out.

After Maria made landfall, there was a terrible silence from the island that lasted for days. We looked for any news or pictures on social media. We texted over and over again, hoping our loved ones could find a way to get a message through. For me, it was five days until we heard from any family members; we found a picture of our uncle helping in a supply line in Vega Alta.

Never before has a hurricane done this much damage to the island—to its already fragile power grid, to the way of life, to the land itself. I’ll never forget when we flew to Puerto Rico a month after Maria; seeing bare mountains for the first time was terrifying. 

Nature is already making a comeback—those islands that were brown in the wake of Maria are green again. But due to the unpreparedness for this crisis and the halting attempts to restore power, Puerto Ricans in many parts of the island are still struggling. Power is still not fully restored. And this year’s hurricane season has just begun.

In the nine months since Hurricane Maria, people all over the world have opened their piggy banks and opened their hearts to help. Across the country, many have made their voices heard, demanding action from Congress. It has meant so much. Progress has been made, but there is still work to be done.

Now I ask that you join us once again in supporting economic recovery efforts on the island. Google will be matching donations up to $2 million to the Hispanic Federation and Mercy Corps—two organizations that have been helping people on the ground throughout the relief effort. You can donate now at g.co/supportPR.

I wake up every morning and I’m grateful that my family is from Puerto Rico. I feel an incredible connection to the island, to the people, to the culture, to our spirit, to our resilience. I know many others feel this connection, because you have chosen to help Puerto Rico and ease this crisis. Thank you for joining this effort, and thank you Google for your $2 million challenge grant.

Siempre,

Lin-Manuel

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Bringing Commonwealth Fashion Exchange to the world on Google Arts & Culture

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2018

The Commonwealth, founded in 1949, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states from around the world, home to 2.4 billion people and united by shared history, culture and values. One of its many activities is the Commonwealth Fashion Council, which champions sustainability and ethical design practices within the emerging fashion industries across Commonwealth countries.

Now in a new online exhibit, Google Arts & Culture is showcasing the breadth of talent, skills and traditions of the Commonwealth in a new exhibit at g.co/commonwealthfashion. This project is in partnership with the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

The centerpiece of this exhibit is a project organised by the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange* earlier this year, which showcases the breadth of talent, skills and traditions across the 53 countries which are part of the Commonwealth. By shining a light on one of the largest industries in the world, the exchange harnessed the power of fashion as a universal language to promote sustainable manufacturing, ethical production and transparent supply chains.  

Commonwealth artisans and designers from different countries, sometimes from completely different parts of the world, were brought together to collaborate in the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange and created a collection of 31 sustainably-produced, handcrafted fashion looks, representing the cultures, identities, and creative skills of each nation. Now, each one of those creations and the immersive stories behind them can be found online at Google Arts & Culture.

For example, Designer Afroditi Hera from Cyprus has collaborated with artisans from the Kirbati Handcraft Association to produce a dress which fuses traditional prints from Cyprus meets indigenous ornamental beading from Kiribati; while the gown designed by Cameroonian label Kibonen is trimmed with Maasai beading from Mgece Makory in Tanzania.

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    India x UK: Bringing a modern take to an ancient material, British designer Stella McCartney has created a stunning gown using peace silk from Indian womenswear brand Oshadi, produced using ancient hand-weaving techniques, and naturally dyed by local skilled craftsmen in Tamil Nadu.

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    Canada x Namibia: Canadian designer Lucian Matis exchanged with Namibian artisans from the Omba Arts Trust to create a look that was inspired by the horrors of man-made environmental disasters, using fashion to both highlight our failings and preserve ancient crafts.

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    India x Tuvalu : Indian designer behno exchanged with artisans Fafine Niutao I Aotearoa of Tuvalu to create a look highlighting craftsmanship and traditions from both countries. It is a story of ancient Tuvalu “kolose” crochet, Indian embroidery, and repurposed wool.

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    Malta x India: The disappearing craft of traditional Maltese lace is united with modernized Indian embellishment—designer Charles and Ron exchanged with artisan Khushboo to create a look that was inspired by traditional Maltese door-knockers.

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    Sierra Leone x Ghana x The Gambia: Designer Sydney-Davies from Sierra Leone and artisan Big Dread Kente from Ghana, and Ousman Toure, Continent Clothing from The Gambia combined hand-woven kente cloth and Swarovski upcycled crystals.

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    New Zealand x the Cook Islands: Designer Karen Walker exchanged with artisans Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās to highlight traditional craftsmanship and embroidery techniques. A cooperative of women originally from the Cook Islands, Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās are expert in the craft of “tivaivai”—a part-patchwork, part-embroidery tradition that is intrinsic to their island culture. Depicting designs that represent age-old legends, sea life and flowers, and often taking many years to complete, these bedspreads are rarely bought or sold. Instead they are given as special gifts, demonstrating love and patience, between family members, close friends and the community.

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    Samoa x Papua New Guinea: Samoan designer Afa Ah Loo exchanged with Margie Keates and Ofeira Asuao to create a look that celebrates traditions in both Samoa and Papua New Guinea.  Afa designed his Commonwealth Fashion Exchange gown based on his love of traditional Samoan materials. The look was completed with an original Papua New Guinea curved necklace of brown braided rope, decorated with four bands of cream coloured curled shells.

The online project also features exclusive insights from the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland, as well as a conversation between Vogue Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles and the Creative Director and Founder of Eco-Age, Livia Firth on the curation of the exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

Explore the craftsmanship of the Commonwealth, and check out all The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange collections online with Google Arts & Culture and on our iOS and Android apps.

*The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange has been made possible by Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM, and Eco-Age.

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