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The Smocks of Northern Ghana

Anytime i go to the city of Wa (Wa is the regional capital of the Upper West a post on the town coming soon) i see a lot of shops which sell smocks of all kinds and for every occasion. There are smocks for men, women and kids all brilliantly woven and nicely designed. Just as Kente form and wax prints form an integral part of the regalia for the people in the southern part of Ghana, smocks and smock related style of clothing is hugely popular in the north. On any given occasion, you would find majority of the people at that gathering wearing smocks. Be it parties, weddings or funerals.

The smock making process is an interesting one, first the weavers of the purchase the yarn from the farmers and weave preferred yarn colors into beautiful fabrics. The weavers weave the yarn using a simple but effective weaving machine which is manually operated. Its a pleasure to watch the weavers as they carefully and intricately weave the yarns into beautiful smock fabrics. Smock designers then purchase these beutifully woven yarns from the weavers and make gorgeous smock clothing with the fabric. The designers crafts family emblems and special designs on the smocks to give it a truly special feel. Smocks are special and must be on your shopping list when coming to Ghana.

and honestly i have always wanted to get one because it looks good on people especially when we go to church on Sunday. So i went to town to find the perfect smock. A smock is made by weaving threads on a loom to form the cloth then sold to the designers who in turn cut and create them into nice pieces of wearable art.


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I am a young teacher and travel blogger of Ghanaian descent who is very much committed to telling the story of Africa, i believe education goes a long way in helping people become independent thus eradicating poverty. I have a keen interest for travelling, knowledge sharing, entrepreneurship and the luxury goods market. When i'm not doing all this, you will usually find me reading a book, watching a tennis match or trying to learn a new language

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