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Culture Minister seeks backing for Kente fabric expo
May '11
Ghanaian Minister of Culture, Alexander Asum-Ahensah, has urged the local public to help conserve and cherish country's unique cultural heritage by exhibiting the Kente fabric before the world.

Speaking at the launch and exposition of the First National Kente Week Celebration in Accra, the Minister said that the conventional hand woven textile was a reflection of prosperity and national pride.

He emphasized on the need for patronisation of Kente fabric to build a common platform to facilitate interaction between buyers and sellers and for betterment of the industry.

The event on the theme “Celebrating our Kente Heritage: A Majestic New Boost for Sustaining the Ghanaian Kente Tradition and Industry in the 21st Century” sought to market and earn recognition for Kente as an important cultural legacy having great value for the nation.

In order to benefit the country immensely from rising revenues generated by the global creative industry, it was vital to create domestic as well as overseas marketing avenues for Kente products in the country, the Minister said.

He invited all the domestic textile producing firms to enthusiastically participate in the forthcoming event and gain knowledge regarding various patterns used for printing the fabric to put a stop to invasion of substandard fabrics from outside the country.

Boakye Yiadom, President of Kente Sellers and Weavers Association stated that in spite of the huge gains that Kente weaving has generated in the country, little attention has been paid to the industry over the years and neither stakeholders nor public have recognized it much.

He, thus, requested the well-meaning people in the country to extend their support to the growth of the industry through national projection of the fabric and providing it the exposure that it is worth.

Besides, he even called on the Government to introduce means to curb invasion of China-made wax prints, as they are posing a threat to the growth of the indigenous fabric industry in the country.

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