Ghana pearls

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana has a great selection of beautiful handmade beads, some of them dating back a long time. Whether or not you will manage to come across a real antique or treasure, Ghana’s many markets are well worth a visit to get some fantastic gems to take home to loved ones! Scientific or not – but Wikipeda has an excellent description about different Ghanian glass pearls >>

 

 

Shea – A Ghana industry

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea nut processing is an important and relatively large sector within the northern regions of Ghana. Last week the minister of Trade an Industry announced that the Government is to spend about 5 million Ghana Cedis to boost the industry further. An initiative that is expected to support and develop the industry by constructing new processing plants and train more women.

Read more at Modern Ghana >>

African (Ghanian) architecture

Traditional Dagomba house.

Traditional Dagomba house.

African adobe architecture, and especially in the area around northern Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali, is well known for its remarkable shapes, forms and ornaments. There are all kinds, ranging from The Great Mud Mosque in Djenné, to the stunning paintwork aplied on family-houses in Sirigu. Every tribal group have their own particular way of constructing houses, and in Tamale you will find the typical Dagomba houses both in the central parts of town as well as outside in the local communites. The houses are traditionally build in mud, with a rounded grass roof, and detailed decorations around the entrance.

Check out these other beauties at Pinterest >>

Ghana textiles – a winning concept!

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

The winner of episode 4 in the BBS interior-design show The Great Interior Design Challenge used colourful textiles from Ghana in his decor. The Ghanian textile industry is well know all over the world for its remarkable patterns and color compositions.

One of the formost representatives and ambassadors for Ghanian textiles, the renowned designer Kofi Ansah, has created multiple pieces using local fabrics. His work has amazed thousands and some of his lines have been showed at Tigo Glitz African Fashion Week, and sold abroad in London and the US. Today the sad news was released that Mr Kofi Ansah has passed away at the age of 62. 

The reputation and interest for Ghana textiles will most likely continue to blossom world wide, but the local industry is meeting tuff competition from cheap imports, and is currently employing fewer workers than before.

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Or check out these gorgeous Woodin prints at Pinterest >>