Monday, 30 September 2013

# Arinze Nwokolo # Barima Offe Akwasi Gyiasio II

BBALP Day 3 – Day 4: Visit to the Kente Weaving market and the Adinkra village

 Earlier i POSTED about BBALP Day 1: where Bisila Bokoko meets the Vice President of Ghana at the Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival 2013 now the 3rd to Day 4 of the BBALP tour to Ghana saw us travel by road from Accra to Kumasi. It was a 5 hour drive through some traffic, hilly roads and a really cool country side. We were totally surrounded by so much vegetation and mountain views during the road trip that we couldn’t afford to miss all the nature right around us.

On Day 4, we visited Bonwire the Kente weaving village inKumasi and the Adinkra village in Ntonfo to learn more about the fabrics, the process of making both materials, play with the kids and to also grab a few pieces.

One of Ghana’s and Africa’s most cherished fabrics in the world is the Kente Cloth. The Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana, and it is a fabric that has over the years, been adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African countries. Kente is silk mixed with silk cotton fabric and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips. The designs are made by local tailors who weave the Kente cloth using a traditional mechanized system of weaving. Continue...

Depending on the design and how many materials are used for a particular item, it could take an average of 3 days or more to complete 1 fabric which is why the Kente cloth is 1 of the most cherished fabrics in Africa. “It’s a cloth for the royals,” says John Hutchison our tour guide. Below are a few pictures we took from the weaving market –
For the Adinkra textile, exclusive guide were given through the process of making Adinkra “the old fashion way”. Guide this time was Peter who has being an Adinkra maker for over 10 years.

"According to history, Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings, often linked with proverbs."
After visiting the Kente weaving village in Kumasi and the Adinkra village in Ntonfo, our last duties for the day, included us attending the Funerals of 2 of the Asante Chiefs. We got a chance to meet the Paramount Chief of Kokofu Barima Offe Akwasi Gyiasio II. “Kokofu is the community where the BBALP library is located”. Below is a shot got of Bisila Bokoko alongside Barima Offe Akwasi Gyiasio II in company of Maria Angeles Toichoa, Carola Moldado and Arinze Nwokolo.
Bisila wth the Paramount Chief of Kokofu
Kente Machine
Adinkra Tools
Bisila giving some candies to the kids

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