Thursday, 29 April 2010

Save Ghana's textile industry!

A Facebook friend asked us how much of our warderobe is locally produced and linked to this BBC story about the African cotton industry's decline. After thinking about it, I guess my warderobe contains about 15% Ghanaian made clothes, but it is slowly on the increase. My latest project has been finding a good dressmaker (finally!) and having the traditional materials I received for my engagement sewn into beautiful clothes. In addition it is always fun to brighten up the warderobe with items from exciting lines like MAKSI clothing, Renee Q or good old MKOGH.
Two new additions to my warderobe

I love our traditional wear, the textures, colours and the way it drapes our shapes manage to make every woman look her best even on a regular day. So if we're being asked to invest more in our own textiles, count me in! It sounds like one of the most entertaining ways in which we can help Ghanaian industry and support the growing number of talented designers around.

Every girl needs a MAKSI dress!

1 comment:

Nana said...

Saving Ghana's textile industry is a real challenge. As one of the people behind MAKSI I recognise how important this is and we go to great lengths to support local textiles. For e.g. the MAKSI puffball dress which you pictured in your post is by Printex and we support (and in turn are supported by) WINGLOW Clothes & Textiles, a company that produced its own fabrics on site at 34 Mensah Wood Road in East Legon.

However its important to point out that there is a lot of ambiguity around what is Ghanaian textile. Some of our most popular materials are designed and produced in places like Holland yet the designs are quintessentially Ghanaian. Would these textiles still be considered Ghanaian?


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