I had this wonderful chat with one of my female friends concerning BEADS and this is what she revealed to me:
ME: ok so generally, what can you say about beads
AKOS: I know beads are one thing that identify us as Africans generally. You know you won’t find our beads the way they are in Afghanistan; they have something maybe similar yet different. Ours is unique
ME: Unique in what sense
AKOS: The style, what it stands for.
ME: ok, so to u, what is the importance of beads to the African or Ghanaian lady
AKOS: ok I can speak for myself. It bonds me to Ghana. Wearing them makes me feel Ghanaian. It actually makes me feel whole too. Continue Reading
Tradition always has a self-preserving mechanism. No matter the level of indoctrination or foreign influence, some aspects of culture seem never to go away. One of such aspects is traditional clothing. With the filtration of foreign culture and its subsequent influence on the way we dress, one would think our own style of dressing should have been history by now. However traditional African clothing is holding its own against all the others. Some designers have gone a step further by blending the traditional style with the western one to create a unique hybrid clothing species. One of such clothing lines, ALIKOTO CLOTHING is under my layman’s review today. Continue Reading