The Role of the Indigenous Ghanaian Textile Industry in Relation to the President’s Special Initiative (PSI) on Textiles and Garments

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The dissertation is an outcome of the researcher’s bid to unearth to the fullest, the available development opportunities to help salvage the duress of the ailing textile industry in Ghana; particularly, the indigenous textile industry.This study seeks to; contribute to the development of Art education in its totality, providing adequate grass root information about Ghanaian indigenous textiles and the textile industry in terms of history, evolutions, developments, organization and economic prospects while projecting challenges to export development.Research methods employed are the Descriptive and Statistical inferential analysis approaches. The scope of the study covered selected indigenous textile centres and communities in the Ashanti, Volta and Northern regions of Ghana. Concepts under investigation included the development initiatives available to be harnessed towards the growth of the indigenous Textile industry and adverse poverty reduction among Ghanaians.Population of the study was limited to 130persons, mostlyTextile practitioners and Policy makers consisting of textile Merchants, Tutors, Students, Curators, Human resource managers, Financial management experts, Craftsmen and other randomly selected opinion leaders.The stratified sampling method was adopted with the assumption that the findings would be representative of the Ghanaian populace. This doctoral dissertation therefore has sought to identify, describe the indigenous Ghanaian textile industry and the President’s Special Initiative on Textiles and Garments, assesses the role of Ghanaian indigenous Textiles as an ingredient in the poverty reduction machinery and as the engine of improvement of the Nation’s Economic Growth; and to examines the impact of the PSI on the indigenous textile industry in Ghana towards the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A Dissertation submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in ART EDUCATION.