A Kente weaving centre at Abuipe
The people of Tafi Abuipe in the Hohoe Municipality have celebrated their first Kente Festival.
The festival was the joint-initiative of the weavers and this year’s batch of American Peace Crops led by Mr. Chris Larry.
On the show were kente pieces of different designs woven by the locals.
Talking Togbe Kasu IV, chief of the town, said the income from Kente weaving is helping to raise the standard of living of the local people.
He said though weaving has been practiced in the area over the generations, they had not thought of celebrating it until now and was grateful for the assistance by the Peace Corps and said now the festival will be celebrated annually.
Togbe Kasu said because weaving was bringing quick money into the pockets of weavers, children of school going age were even tempted to get involved.
“As such we had to make a law banning such children,” he said, and urged parents to ensure their children attend school regularly.
He also took the opportunity to thank the government for upgrading the feeder load passing through the town to Jordom-nu into a highway but pleaded that the short link-road to Atafi Atome, the site of the monkey Sanctuary should be developed since both towns are now tourist’s centres.
Speaking at the function, the Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Amenowode asked the people to come out with their own original designs to make them competitive.
He told the children to be serious with their education since they would become better craftsmen if they went school.