In Ghana when someone arrives from somewhere, returns from work, or a long trip you say “Akwaaba” which means welcome.
For the past recently it looks like London has been saying a big ol’Akwaaba to African arts and Fashion,
African arts and fashion is made up of bright and colourful textiles, jewellery and bags.
When I last visited Ghana I marveled at the cloth the ladies wore, the intricate designs, one favourite was a cloth designed with dancing palm trees. Beautiful and funny. What’s also amazing is that in Ghana the ladies always make sure everything matches. They take the cloth to the seamstress she will make an outfit, and with the leftover accessories are made.
Photos from http://westlands.olx.co.ke/african-fabrics-custom-made-african-shoes-and-bags-for-sale-from-ghana-and-mali-iid-528972301#gallery-big-viewer
My mum brought back a little bit of Ghana with her from her visit.
We are going to try and recreate the sunny, bright colours of Ghana fashion.
Here is a bag made from wax fabric bought in the Market for £2.50 for fat quarter.
This was a long process. I had to cut a pattern for the bag. It also included an inner zip which was a a first for me. There was some headache with it but all in all a a great process for a beautiful bag.
To read more about how London has said ‘Akwabaa’ to Contemporary African arts read an article in the Evening Standard here.