Potential use of panicum maximum in producing fashion accessories

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The project sought to introduce Panicum maximum into the field of fashion. Most of the materials used in fashion for the production of accessories included fabric, yarns and cords, metals, wood and plastic. These materials on the local market are basically used for fashion accessories. Although traditional fashion designers have of late developed accessories to complement traditional wear, very little had been said or done with Panicum maximum. From the studies made, Panicum maximum could be a suitable material for the production of fashion accessories. The project studied forms and functions of selected fashion accessories, to design the fashion accessories for production in Panicum maximum and translated the design into fashion accessories. The qualitative method of research was employed in the study under which the experimental and descriptive research approaches were used. The study made use of artisans from Adum in Kumasi Metropolis. It was also found that, Panicum maximum can be manipulated using weaving, twist and ply, sewing as well as gluing technique to produce bags, shoes, hat and hair pin. It can also be integrated with other materials for quality and aesthetic finish. Mimi exhibition was held in the view of the general public. It was recommended that, the traditional designers include Panicum maximum as one of the complementary material for the manufacturing of fashion accessories. The users of Panicum maximum in Ghana should establish plantations in the country where Panicum maximum, can be sourced for the production of artefacts for local use as well as for export.
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 award of the Degree Master of Philosophy in Integrated Art, (Rattan and Bamboo Technology).