Ghana is one of the leading countries in the production of African print fabric. So to speak, there are two major companies that produce these fabrics; Ghana Textiles Printers (GTP), and Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL).
These fabrics are mostly designed to mirror various African culture and traditions. Many of the designs found on fabrics portray events or adages. Others also depict highly respected people.
Most of these fabrics produced in Ghana have local names. 'Yaw Donkor', 'Bosu', 'Ama Serwaa', 'Efie mmosea' etc. are some of the names of the fabrics in Ghana.
Below are some pictures of the cloths and their names.
|sika wo nntaban|
This fabric is known as sika wo nntaban or sika tu. It is translated as money flies. This simply means that, if you get hold of money, you must take care of it else you will loose it and money lost is difficult to regain.
We all know that the whale is one of the biggest, if not the biggest animal in the sea. It caries its weight around showing that no animal can tackle it. In Twi, a whale is called 'Bonsu' ( Twi is one of the local languages in Ghana). This very fabric is called 'Bonsu', literally, the whale in the sea. so when a person puts on this cloth, the message he or she is trying to put across is that, no one can tackle him or her.
This fabric is known as 'Yaw Donkor'. This is a name of a person, meaning that the first person to
Names are given to fabrics so that it becomes easy to identify and purchase.