The Batik industry in Ghana has gained acceptance on the local and international markets. The love for batik is a mania, almost. Seen as a fashion product, new designs catch on very quickly. That was until cheaper machine-printed imports flooded into the country.
Africa has a wide variety of beads, as diverse as the peoples and cultures of that continent; what you find in one part may not be available elsewhere. Following is a brief summary of African beads, since our focus is on Ghana, West Africa.
Bonwire in Ghana is the home of Kente, where the colourful, world-famous cloth is woven on traditional Ashanti (or Asante) looms. When you arrive at the village the first thing you will hear are the musical sounds of the looms, complemented by the lusty singing of the craftsmen.