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Skilled kente weavers urged to train youth
Jun '11
Ghanaian Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Alexander Asum-Ahensah has urged experienced kente weavers in the country to assume the responsibility of training the youth in the art so as to ensure availability of skilled workforce in the industry.

Speaking at the official launch ceremony of the First National Kente Week Celebration in Accra, the Minister asked skilled kente weavers to spare some time for effectively training the youth so that the new weavers can step in their shoes and take the industry to newer heights.

The event “Celebrating Our Kente Heritage: A Majestic New Boost for Sustaining the Ghanaian Kente Tradition and Industry in the 21st Century” is aimed at promoting and establishing kente as a vital cultural heritage, which is of much value to the country.

The Minister said that the Government has recognised the kente industry as a segment with potential for employment generation for youth. He called upon all concerned with kente weaving to join hands with the Government for achieving the goal.

He said that though the kente industry in Ghana is posting positive results, it still suffers from a lack of technical expertise required for weaving intricate designs that are a hallmark of conventional hand woven textiles.

The Minister stressed on the need to analyse the strengths of the industry to generate more employment opportunities for youth. He suggested establishment of marketing hubs for kente items at domestic as well as international levels, in view of the art becoming a source of livelihood to many, as well as a tourist attraction to people wanting to familiarise themselves with kente weaving.

The Minister urged people to be a part of the event to boost and establish the kente heritage as a brand for the country. The event was marked by a weaving contest, and a kente fashion show.

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