Vlisco&co X Ghana 2nd Edition - Heritage & Storytelling, 2019

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At Vlisco&co learning about local culture is very important. Our projects always start with a field research trip together with the local youth. 

In 2018 and 2019, the Vlisco&co team started a new edition called, Heritage & Storytelling, and went to Ghana on two research trips to cross the country from South to North. We wanted to learn more about the Ghanaian history of fabric and its meanings. Whilst travelling together, we visited family members of our young companions and held conversations across generations to discuss what the future of print might be. What does the history of print mean to today’s young people and what do they think about its future?

We crossed Ghana, passing through Kumasi and Tamale, reaching the very North on its border with Burkina Faso where we visited Sirigu, to learn about basketry, pottery and wall paintings. To learn about fabric, we visited Universities and different generations of fabric traders across the country. We were lucky to share a day with the Queen Mothers of the Volta region, who explained to us the meanings of different traditional fabrics throughout history. We visited too, the Kente weavers who shared knowledge on the making, origins and meanings of the local craft.

Our team was composed by:
Maame Adjei
Ushie Kingsley
Daniel Attoh
Nuits Balneaires
Jessica Sarkodie
David Boanuh
Steve French
Trevor Stuurman
Ofoe Amegavie

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Event

On 2nd November 2019, Heritage & Storytelling results were presented in the perfect setting of Mhoseenu in Accra. With an evening which included a documentary photo presentation by Jessica Sarkodie and a documentary film screening by David Boanuh. Fashion collections were presented by Steve French and Ushie and fashion photography was represented by Ofoe Amegavie and Trevor Stuurman. The event closed with a panel discussion moderates by Amma Aboagye.
 

Documentary Film

by David Boanuh

Documentary Photography

Image - by Jessica Sarkodie

by Jessica Sarkodie

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‘During our meetings with the Vlisco experts it became clear to me that these fabrics were not just merely beautiful or high quality prints. The reason why they have and still remain so present in everyday life is that in the Ghanaian psyche, they represent a deep cultural and historical significance.’
- Jessica Sarkodie⠀
 

Trevor Stuurman x Ushie

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Ofoe Amegavie x Steve French

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Event Documentation

Image - Photography by Ofoe Amegavie

Photography by Ofoe Amegavie

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