Written by Afua Amankwanowa
US-based Ghanaian model Kwame Sarfo has established a Kente exhibition centre in the US, aiming to protect Ghanaian culture and generate employment opportunities for local artisans.
During an appearance on the US national television show ABC 7 Here & Now, Sarfo highlighted the primary motivations behind creating the Kente centre, particularly addressing the prevalence of printed and substandard Kente in African-American markets across the US.
Sarfo expressed concern about the widespread availability of African print cloths that often fail to represent the true authenticity of Kente from Ghana.
Sarfo emphasized that his centre would not only serve as a cultural preservation initiative but also create additional job opportunities for local artisans, contributing to the sustainability of their craft.
He elaborated, “With the influx of these fake prints, authentic weavers lose jobs and struggle to maximize profits from sales. However, by providing a platform for both fake and original products and introducing them to the same markets, the authentic Kente has a better chance to thrive, resulting in increased income for the producers.”
The Kente exhibition centre founded by Kwame Sarfo is named Obrempong Homes.
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