Kente weavers converge at kokofu akyeremade for national kente fair

Kente weavers converge at kokofu akyeremade for national kente fair
March 21 08:03 2016


What started as Amansie Kente Festival five years ago is steadily gearing up for the launch of a National Kente Fair at Kokofu Akyeremade where the best producers of Kente in and around Ashanti region would converge to showcase varieties of the product at the Amansie Kente Festival billed to take place at a Kente Exhibition during the Easter festivities.

Between March 24 and 28, 2016 the people of Akyeremade would showcase assorted Kente at the Amansie Kente Festival, one cultural festival which seeks to promote Kente and African fabric and unite the people Akyeremade, Kokofu, Bekwai and surrounding towns of the Amansie Municipality at Easter.
It will encourage the youth to develop sense of patriotism and cherish the beauty of culture for development.

The Kente Exhibition is billed for March 25, 2016 and it is expected to be participated by Kente manufacturing groupings from Bonwire, Adawomase and Adinkra Group from Ntonso in the Kwabre East district to pitch their strength against Amansie Kente weavers based at Kensere near Bekwai.
Over 2,000 people are expected to visit the Kente Exhibition when it opens at the Akyeremade M/A school park.

Next year and the subsequent years, Kente weavers from Volta region and all over the country would assemble at Akyeremade to participate in the Fair, Mr. Patrick Adu-Gyamfi, the originator of the Amansie Kente festival concept, has disclosed.

He indicated that the Fair would welcome exhibitors of other locally manufactured fabrics including smock (fugu) to give the Fair a national dimension.

A Century Village is being constructed at Akyeremade to host the proposed National Kente Fair next year.

According to him, the national Kente Festival would be a one stop avenue for weavers to display their wares while patrons would have the opportunity to access different kinds of kente to choose from.

Mr. Adu Gyamfi appealed to the Ministries of Trade and Tourism and Culture to support the initiative.

He said to further boost the promotion of Kente, a Miss Akyeremade Kente Pageant which was initiated in 2011, would be staged on Easter Sunday as part of the Amansie Kente Festival.

Mr. Adu Gyamfi said contestants are encouraged to adorn Kente during the contest as part of the promotion of the local textile.
Century Investment Limited, producers of Century Sachet water in Kumasi has donated a KIA Rio car as the first prize for the beauty pageant, Miss Akyeremade 2016.

Meanwhile, six contestants have filed forms to be part of this year’s pageant and vie for the ultimate KIA Rio car.