The Culture And Customs Of Ghana

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Textile industry for centuries has played an important role in most West African societies. It has been also a form of art that can give us information about the history of African’s countries. The materials used, the patterns, and the colors of the clothes can be associated with specific communities. For example, Kente clothes are made from cotton, silk, and raffia. Salm and Falola claim that, The cultures and customs of Ghana today are a product of diversity in indigenous form, influenced by a long history of Islamic and European contacts. They represent a dynamic process of adoption and adaptation, incorporating elements of outside cultures.

The Ghana Boy tunics are a good example of how African artists combined elements of traditional African work with European elements. They are made in bright colors, and incorporate abstract symbols of Western commodities and styles. This type of cloth clearly announces that people had been abroad and know other cultures and languages.
This paper intends to show a comparison between two important symbols of the Ghanaian people’s history, the smocks and the Kente clothes, and it will be focused on the textile industry and their makers.
The research questions developed for this study are:
• In which part of Ghana are these two Ghanaian textiles usually worn?
• Do these two different Ghanaian textile styles serve the same function?
• What are the Challenges Ghana’s textile industry has been facing during the last years?
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