Adopting organic dyed traditional fibres for the production of selected fashion accessories

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This research seeks to exploit the possibilities of using organic dyed fibres available in Ashanti, Northern and Volta regions of Ghana that are suitable for the design and production of fashion accessories for the local and international market. This concept provides an opportunity to improve upon the fashion industry and the indigenous weaving industries in Ashanti, Northern and Volta regions in Ghana. The study reviewed existing works on fibre and dye extraction among the communities mentioned above to build a conceptual framework that is appropriate for examining how to extract fibre and dye from plants for the production of fashion accessories. The study adopted the qualitative research method and employed descriptive and experimental research designs. The purposive sampling technique, interview and observation were adopted. 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 weavers from Bonwire, Bolgatanga, Kenyaase Abirem and Keta and Dyers at Ntonso and Daboya. Plants capable of yielding fibres and dyes for the fashion industry were also studied. The findings of this research suggest that some plants found in Ghana have the potential for the production of very aesthetically pleasing fibres and dyes. It emerged from this research that macramé and other traditional weaving techniques can be adopted to produce fashionable fashion accessories using the organic dyed traditional fibres. Further investigation must be conducted on other potential yielding plants that are capable of producing fibres and dyes for the fashion industry.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Integrated Art,