Textiles in Ghana
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Textiles in Ghana

3.3 Training to weave kente

Activity 9

Once you’ve watched the video, make a few notes on how the kente weavers train.

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Atta Kwami - artist
How do you train to be a weaver and how old do you have to be to learn?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
You can start learning from about 5 years old. Bit by bit. If you live in this community it can take 2 years.
Atta Kwami - artist
How old are you?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
Seventeen.
Atta Kwami - artist
Have you been working here long?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
Over a month now.
Atta Kwami - artist
Have you earned any money since starting?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
Yes.
Atta Kwami - artist
So who does the domestic duties that you used to do?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
My mother.
Atta Kwami - artist
So, what do you hope to gain from this training?
Dorothy Ofori - trainee weaver
I’d like to take up Kente weaving professionally.
Gabriel (VO)
I’m sure a good many of the kids you see here, it would be about 8 or 9 can weave. But they may not necessarily be able to do the warping, the designing, the heddling, and so on. Those are things that master weavers can do. And of course, in this day and age, with specialisation, there are people who’d take on that job (gladly), they’d do this, for a fee. So they don’t weave at all.
Catherine (VO)
Nana Ashanti Frempong is Member of Parliament for this region. As a young man, he paid his way through college from his weaving.
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