I have to say, one of my favorite parts about Ghanaian culture is the fashion and fabric shopping. This picture was taken at Makola Market in central Accra. It’s one of the largest markets in Ghana selling everything from fresh produce to jewelry to household goods. But my favorite thing to do here was browse and shop all the beautiful fabrics.
As someone who doesn’t sew, you might be wondering why I needed fabric. Even Though I couldn’t do anything with it myself, what I could do is bring it to a seamstress who could then turn sew the fabric for me into almost anything I wanted. From dresses, skirts, pants, tops, and jumpsuits, she could do it all and it was pretty cheap too! Most of the clothes I got tailor made for me were priced between $5-20 usd, which includes fabric and the time and work put into making each item. I thought that this was pretty cool. Many of the locals that I knew would get a lot of clothes made for either daily wear or special occasions like church anniversaries, school graduations, weddings, funerals and etc.
At first I was a little hesitant to get clothes made because I thought it would be be a waste for me to get things made with African print fabrics that I probably wouldn’t wear again. But as time went on and I became more and more exposed to different styles and patterns– I saw some pretty fucking cool outfits– the prints grew on me. I love how the people there aren’t afraid to wear bold colors and patterns on the daily compared to us in the US that often stick to solid neutrals in the winter and pastel florals in the summer.
Here are some examples of clothing styles in Ghana:
Drop dead awesome right? Other friends who got things made looked dope. Though they might of gotten a giggle or two from the locals at first, especially if they weren’t partly African, I think the Ghanaians overall appreciated the effort to wear some local styles. In the end, I got a couple dresses, tops, and skirts made from a friend’s mom who works as a seamstress and the seamstress that had a shop in our hostel. Definitely planning on wearing them here when it gets warmer!