Processing and utilization of selected local plant fibers for macramé

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Macramé has grown to be accepted as a potential, versatile, fashionable craft capable of complementing other craft, for the process in product development, which has socioeconomic benefits as well as a sustaining culture. This study, dealing with the processing and utilization of selected plant fibres for macramé, attempts to examine two things at the same time. The research capitalizes on the vast natural resources and alternative uses of selected plants other than yarns, cords and ropes for macramé. The main aim of this research is to identify some plants which have high fibre yielding properties, which could be extracted and used for knotting macramé. Also, the research sought to introduce the concept of macramé knotting to two communities in Ghana and finally to examine the socio-economic impact of the use of the fibre on the selected communities. The research questions include: which local plants have fibre forming properties within the Daffiama and Odumase Krobo communities in Ghana; how best can these fibres be harnessed for knotting and how the concept of macramé be introduced to the selected communities using the produced cords from plants. The research design is driven by qualitative research method using experimental and descriptive approaches. The population for the study comprised final year students of St. Theresa‟s‟s Vocational School (2015/16 academic year), selected traditional basket weavers and a group of bead makers whom the researcher named Muɛstɛm. The target population was hundred and ten (110) but finally sixty-nine (69) was accessible for the study. Information was obtained from libraries and the field (indigenes). The data collection instruments were interviews, questionnaire and observation. The data were organized, analyzed and interpreted. The findings revealed that most of the selected plants found in the communities had high yielding fibre properties which when processed could be used to make cords and ropes for knotting macramé. The exposure the respondents had from the macramé weaving wasiv very positive using the colourful synthetic cords. This exposed the respondents to macramé knots which would further enhance their local production of craft works within their various communities. In conclusion the respondents embraced the macramé craft to enhance their work and were also encouraged to cultivate some of these fibrous plants not only for fuel, medicinal and the likes but also for their high fibre yielding properties which can feed factories to produce yarns and cords. This would go a long way to engage most of our teeming youth for progressively notable transformation
A thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in African Art and Culture
Processing and utilization, Local plant fibers, macramé