The history of Ghanaian fashion dates back to the pre colonial era where the indigenous Ghanaians used to cloth themselves on hides and skins of animals and also with leaves and bark of trees.It then developed to the use of wax print and dresses with which dyes were extracted from plants and animals were used in the production during the period of colonization by the colonial masters.
The traditional costumes of Ghana are not just beautiful. The culture of this country and its ancient heritage influence the folk clothing much. That’s why the designs, fabrics, and patterns aren’t random. They are used by Ghanaians for a long period of time, and therefore, they carry the old knowledge and tradition. At the same time, the national outfit of Ghana looks so bright and festive that it brightens the mood of everyone around.
One of the main clothing crafts in Ghana is the weaving. Locals had wooden looms and produced handmade fabric long before the colonization of this land. They wove cloth from cotton and raffia fibers (widespread African palm tree). This craft isn’t forgotten even today. Ghanaians still use their traditional looms to make Gonja cloth and kente cloth – national clothing of Ghana is usually made from these fabrics.
Globalization has played a major role in the overhaul of Ghanaian fashion.
Ghana,with an estimated population of about 30 million people over the past few years have witnessed an immerse rise in fashion.The revolution of Ghanaian has been described as a fast rising one.Culture as a whole has made it possible in the identification of individuals from various sectors within the world. A major contribution to culture is fashion.
The gradual rise of Ghanaian fashion have been made possible with the help and efforts of organizations and individuals who have and are still contributing a quota to help raise the industry and put Ghana on the map.
There is dynamism where certain pieces that was worn by our forefathers are still in existence but worn in a modernised way making fashion timeless. There is the showcase of cloths made right from Ghana at fashion events. All this and more help sell Ghana.
Ghanaians have come to embrace of textile products showcasing them in different style.There is also the acceptance of the western way of dressing.The revolution of Ghanaian fashion can by far said to have met the stated needs of individuals in and out of the country.