AFRICAN TEXTILE WORKSHOP IN GHANA
photo from our textile tour in 2006
Once upon a time in Ewe villages in
Africa, women would save a small piece of each cloth that
they bought and add it to a patchwork to keep as a record
of how much cloth they could afford. For those with a lot
of pieces, it was a very public status symbol and sign of
African cloth has always had symbolic
meaning. Men and women who were taken from Africa to the
diaspora had memories of cloth designs and the meanings
they carried. According to many scholars, African-American
story quilts retain traces of African fabric techniques of
Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. is
sponsoring a workshop in Ghana, West Africa , that will
explore universal connections and ask the question: "What
happens when two cultures re-connect."
approaches to cloth patterning are being lost. Young
artisans want to be modern and don't want to do the
tedious work required to be authentic. There is a saying
in Africa, that each time and elder dies a library is
lost...and each time a traditional artisan dies a
technique is lost.
The workshop will also include
a lecture by Mr. Baba Muhama, an authority on African
cloth and antiquities. He has consulted on many books
including African Magesty. Mr.Muhama is a collector of
rare old Kente cloth which he will exhibit for us. This
exhibit will be complimented by a visit to the National
Museum of Art in Accra.
Participating in this
workshop is a unique opportunity to live and work with
artists from all over the world.
CCC is an
educational non-profit that encourages creativity between
cultures and indigenous artisans to continue the work of
their ancestors and bring outsiders to work with Ghanaians
to keep the culture intact.
accommodations are at Aba House, a building based on
indigenous African architecture. Located next to the ocean
in a suburb of Accra, Aba House is in a beautiful setting
that will surely inspire you. Rooms are double occupancy
with attached private baths. A local cook prepares meals.
WHO ARE WE?
Collaborative, Inc (CCC) is an educational non-profit
encouraging cultural interaction between people of all
ages and nationalities. We invite people to Ghana to
promote cultural exchange and understanding through the
Aba House is a guest house and cultural
center where workshops and other activities sponsored by
CCC take place. Across the street from the ocean and only
a half hour drive to the airport, Aba House is located in
Nungua, a fishing village in a suburb of Accra.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IN GHANA?
Go to a local festival
Visit a famous Krobo village and beadmaker's workshop
Attend workshops taught by African artisans
tie and dye
asafo flag design
dealers in antique textiles
Attend a performance
by an African drum and dance troupe
TO SIGN UP
Send us an email if interested in workshop.
If applying please send: name - email - brief CV - website or a few images of your work - how you heard about the residency
The Aba House kids make paper from sugar cane leaves & coptic books.
be working in the yard & you’re welcome to join them.
Our mission is to make the world a
better place through the language of art