Culture and Community are two elements of Jiu-Jitsu culture that are the heart and soul of the sport. This hoodie is inspired by all of the community leaders that provide essential services in the absence of government assistance.
What is Ankara?
Ankara fabric is the unique, colorful textile used to make African prints. It is also referred to as Holland or Dutch wax because of the wax resistant techniques employed to keep the vibrant fabrics from fading.
Wax fabric designs are produced in limited quantities with the producer name and registration number printed on the selvage of the fabric. That’s why we only have a limited number of each our Ankara products!
This hand made sweater is emblazoned with the face of Marielle Franco, an activist who opposed the corruption that plagued Rio’s military and political elite.
Marielle was an activist raised in the Mare favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Favelas, if you don’t know, are the equivalent of the hood or the project or whatever you call the “no-go” section of your city. Mare, like any other favela in Rio, was marked by gang violence and police repression. It was thanks to community efforts that Marielle was able to fund her education, paving a new history for herself and her family.
On March 14th 2018 Marielle and her driver, Anderson Gomes, were shot and killed by two former military police. Years later we still demand answers and justice for Marielle and Anderson!
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Marielle Franco Institute