Day nine of the Ghana road trip: searching for the lesser known Kente village.
Nkoranza and Techiman aren’t very far from Kumasi, and Adanwomase, the kente weaving village, is so close to Kumasi that you could almost consider it a suburb. After our yam shopping spree, it wasn’t even lunch time, so there was more than enough time to see kente weaving before we stopped for the night.
Adanwomase is nowhere near as well known as Bonwire for its kente weaving industry, the largest money making enterprise in the village. I learned about Adanwomase from the Bradt Guide to Ghana when I was planning my trip. The village was recommended precisely because it is less well known. The quality of the kente cloth made here is just as good as Bonwire, but prices are lower and it’s hassle-free for tourists. Lesser known and hassle free are two phrases which get my attention when it comes to vacation planning.
We finally saw a sign that confirmed we were going in the right direction.
Adanwomase is a small village. The livelihood of most of the people who live there is connected with the making of kente cloth. I didn’t see any restaurants, and there were not many stores. You could walk through the whole village in maybe fifteen minutes.
The Adanwomase visitor’s center guide.
The visitor center at Adanwomase is new, having opened earlier this year. It was only a short distance from the kente weaving workshop. Our guide normally began the kente tour by taking visitors to the village and going to a yarn shop, so you could see the raw material from which kente is made. Unfortunately for me, it was a Saturday and most of the villagers along with almost all of the nearly 150 kente weavers were attending a funeral.
We walked back to the main street to see if we could find a yarn shop open, but we didn’t. Instead, we stopped at one of the few shops which were still open that sold finished pieces of kente.
Now the real dilemma begins: of all the gorgeous cloth in the display case, which one do I choose?
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