A Comparative Study of History, Equipment, Materials, Techniques and Marketing Approach of Traditional Weaving in Ghana

Charles Frimpong, Benjamin K. Asinyo


Strip weaving in Ghana has been an art in transition and has been handed over from generation to generation, since its inception. This weaving tradition has gained popularity in renowned communities situated in the Volta, Ashanti and Northern Regions of Ghana which have varied ideologies pertaining to the origination, production and marketing of the final product. This paper seeks to identify the various communities and hence, compare their history, design techniques, materials, equipment and their marketing structures. Relevant data for the study were solicited using interview and observation tools from chiefs, opinion leaders, weavers and traders in selected weaving communities in the Volta, Ashanti and Northern regions of Ghana. The outcomes of this study revealed that traditional weaving, as practiced by the various communities has unique features which identifies the crafts of the communities and contributes immensely to the cultural, political and socio-economic development in Ghana. This study also contributes to the tourism awareness creation discussions; with regard to identifying the major weaving communities in Ghana, their history, approaches to weaving and merchandising.

Keywords: Traditional weaving, Comparative study, Strip weaving, Kente, Kete, Loom

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