This summer I traveled to Accra, Ghana with a group of A&D students led by Charlie Michaels as part of a community engagement course. While there, I had the opportunity to take a lesson from Jimmy Ahiagble, a master weaver. He, along with his brothers, are continuing the legacy of their father, famous master weaver “Bobbo” Ahiagble, by teaching the traditional art of Kente Cloth weaving. The Ewe and Ashanti tribes of West Africa are famous for weaving colorful symbols and patterns into complex designs that tell important cultural stories.
Shown in the photo is the weaving I created under Jimmy’s guidance. The symbol is called Doka; it depicts fish in a net.