Integrated cultural weaves (fugu, kente and kete) woven with organic dyed yarns

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This study seeks to investigate the extent to which there can be an integration of all the cultural weaves that have been used by various traditions for the production of „fugu‟, „Kente‟ and „kete‟, and which are all woven with organic dyed yarns, into a unique fabric. This concept provides an opportunity to help unite indigenous textile weaving industry, particularly, the indigenous weaving industries in the Northern, Ashanti and Volta regions in Ghana. The study reviews existing work on traditional weaving practices leading to the production of „fugu‟, „kente‟ and „kete‟ in the Northern, Ashanti and Volta regions respectively so as to be able to build a conceptual framework that is appropriate. For examining how the three aforementioned traditional weaving practices, woven with organic dyed yarns, can be blended to produce a unique cloth for the fashion industry. The approach of the study was qualitative research methods and the instrument used to collect data were mainly interviewed (one-to-one) and participant observation with players in the traditional weaving industry and then some secondary data. The scope of the study covered selected indigenous textile centres in the Ashanti, Volta and Northern regions of Ghana. The population of the study was limited to fifty weavers and five dyers, mostly weavers from Bonwire, Agotime Kpetoe, Tamale and Daboya and dyers from Daboya. The concepts under investigation included research into plants that have the potency of being used as a dye and using the dyes obtained to dye yarns for weaving. The findings of this study suggest that some plants found in Ghana have the potential for the production of natural dyes. It also emerged from this study that the traditional weaves produced in the three regions of Ghana under study, have the capability of uniting these three regions based on the concept the study adopted.
A thesis submitted to the school of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Integrated Art (Fibres and Fabrics Technology),