Published on : Friday, June 12, 2015
To do away with the fear voiced by stakeholders, Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has set up four craft centres in Ghana’s Ashanti Region (Province) to save the creative arts industry.
The move follows recent calls of craft industry players who expressed concern about the downward trend of the otherwise booming business amidst the growing taste for foreign goods by citizens.
The centres are being set up at Adanwomase and Bonwire for kente-weaving, Ntonsu for the Adinkra textile printing, and Ahwiaa for wood carving, says Ekow Sampson, the Ashanti Region Manager of the Ghana Tourist Authority (GTA).
It is to be noted that Kente is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of inter-woven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of southern Ghana.
He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that plans are also underway to revamp the Pankrono Pottery Village, which is also suffering from a lack of a ready market and inadequate land mass for mining clay because of the sales of clay lands by the chiefs around that area.
Regarding the availability of wood for wood carvers, Sampson says the industry is faced with restrictions set by the Forestry Commission (FC). He says the GTA is working on acquiring a licence to get timber directly from the forest concessions.
The GTA is also working to bring all craft centres in the Region under its purview to facilitate data collection, which will aid the proper planning of the craft industry.
“The Ministry is also dealing with the eradication of counterfeits in the system, especially the Chinese version of the Ghanaian Kente.”