Decolonising African costume and textile – naming, symbols and meaning in the Ghanaian context
Textiles travel with people and to people. This work which has found an intellectual home in MIDEQ and the UNESCO RILA Chair at the University of Glasgow has led to the award of an MPHIL from the School of Education, University of Glasgow. It is based on practice led research over several years culminating in MIDEQ Researcher Naa Densua’s work in WP11 and with textiles in the Ghana-China, Malaysia-Nepal corridors, as well as for the UNESCO Chair at University of Glasgow.
This short film on Kente weaving created directed and produced by Gameli Tordzro is presented by curtesy of Glasgow Museums and Glasgow Life. It showcases the making of and wearing of Kente as part of an important Ghanaian cultural heritage in the context of New-Scot African diaspora cultures in Glasgow Scotland.
Since the establishment of wax and roller prints industry in Ghana over a century ago, the industry has provided clothing and determined fashion trends in the lives of Ghanaians. Wax and Roller prints has become a platform for Ghanaians and a shared culture that cuts across ethnic boundaries and taste in fashion in an environment where there is a constant fusion and mix of cultures. Wax and roller prints reflects on and addresses some of the communal and environmental issues that occur and affect the society.
You can find the rest of the Wax Print collection, along with the full digital exhibition, here.