Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 63-70
Metal Fasteners for the Local Fashion Accessories Industry in Ghana
Cyril Etornam Adala, Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Isaac Kwabena Agyei, Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Samuel Baah Kissi, Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Received: Jul. 17, 2020;       Accepted: Aug. 20, 2020;       Published: Aug. 27, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajad.20200503.12      View  146      Downloads  45
Abstract
The fashion industry in Ghana has evolved over time and has created a large market for both the producers and retailers. Ghanaian fashion designers like Mawuli Okudzeto, Genesis Clothing and Kofi Ansah to mention but a few have been able to capture pure African values in their designs. Companies like Akosombo Textiles and TexStyles Ghana Ltd, Vlisco and Woodin are daily producing materials that are becoming so useful to local fashion designers and they in turn are producing the styles that we also enjoy wearing. Ghanaian designers are also making fashion accessories like bags, shoes, jewellery; belts, among others, to match the clothes that they produce. Although Ghanaian fashion designers use metal fasteners in designing clothes and accessories, unfortunately, most of these fasteners are imported products that do not have any philosophical relation with the Ghanaian people. Even worse, the jewellery industry does not consider this venture as a niche market and also as a platform to support local fashion designers to create a holistic Ghanaian concept in what we wear. This paper explored the possibility of producing metal fasteners for Ghanaian fashion accessories industry using the Practice-based research method. The inspiration for the project was the popular Ghanaian Akinkra symbols. The result of the study revealed that metal fasteners could be produced in the studio with local concepts giving a totality of Ghanaian fashion concepts. The study recommends that techniques for the production could also be improved by adopting new production practices such as laser cutting and investment casting methods.
Keywords
Fasteners, Metal Fasteners, Fashion Accessories, Lost Wax Casting, Piercing
To cite this article
Cyril Etornam Adala, Isaac Kwabena Agyei, Samuel Baah Kissi, Metal Fasteners for the Local Fashion Accessories Industry in Ghana, American Journal of Art and Design. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 63-70. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20200503.12
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