Gonja cloth is made of cotton. Gonja cloth has thick stripes and is woven by hand. The cloth has its roots in Ghanaian traditions. Ghanaians love hand-made clothes. This is one of the many wonders of this very beautiful and natural West African country.
Long and narrow pieces of fabrics are brought together and sewn. Dying is an important component in Gonja cloth making. Usually, the cloth has blue, black and white stripes.
Ghanaians love weaving and producing cloth from indigenous materials. Raffia fiber was initially used as the main ingredient in cloth making. Silk was introduced with the arrival of colonials in the region.
Gonja is a specialty of Northern Ghana. Residents of Northern Ghana introduced the cloth. They used 4 inches long cotton strips to seal the deal and produce this very auspicious, unique and unorthodox piece of variation in Ghanaian fashion.
It is believed that Nkrumah, the champion leader and the founding father of the nation, was wearing this very Gonja cloth as he declared the independence of the nation in 1957. Such is the value and importance of this fabric which is styled and oriented in very traditional Ghanaian mode.
Initially, the cloth was dedicated to the chiefs and highly distinguished personalities. Later on, it became the choice of public at large.
Gonja cloth is not only a dress code; in fact, it is used in making bed sheets, pillows, table tops and many more.
One cannot underestimate the value and importance of Ghanaian traditions. Even the Ghanaian youth is closely and very intimately associated with their ancestral norms and traditions. Hand-looming and micro-textile units are an integral part of Ghana.
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