So in the aftermath of receiving yet again another funeral invitation I finally admitted that it was prudent to invest in some funeral outfits. Sounds a bit morbid I know, but yes, had to be practical.
This funeral was to be held in
Cloth in Ghanaian culture plays a very significant role. There are different types of cloths associated with different occasions – funerals, weddings, births, deaths, holidays, or institutions such as churches and even schools. It is not unusual on a Friday to see persons - especially women - wear cloths printed with the mottos and logos of their respective institutions. The
Makola Market - in and around
- time of day when the cloth would be worn
- appropriate colours
- amount as in quantity
- local prints vs the Dutch prints
- Akosombo vs GTP
Get the point? I needed professional help!
After about two hours of looking and the inevitable haggling I eventually found something that I liked. The amount of shops just specializing in different types of materials was mind boggling – GTP, Akosombo, Vlisco, Printex just to name a few. Not to mention the shops that specialized in other materials like lace, linen and batiks. Prices varied according to type of material and amounts bought. I think the most expensive I saw was in the lace shop where they were asking for the equivalent of six hundred and fifty dollars for six yards of material!
Got my kabba and slit sewn and was looking every inch like a well-dressed Ghanaian lady for an
Of course that aroused my curiosity – could I use cloths to send messages? I wonder. Did a quick web search and came up with some that you may find funny:
- good husband
- mind your business
- each year has its ups and down
- the steering wheel kills the driver. (hmmm!)
For the actual designs that match these names see GTP’s site.
Do use the links given for some of the textile houses though to see the beauty and intricacies of the printed textiles and the equally interesting fashions. Some are simply stunning.
Wonder what my next piece of cloth will be ‘advertising’ about me?