UGA students show off their batik fabrics – each student applied the designs on white cloth with hot wax; once finished the cloth is dyed; the wax is removed to show the design block used.
Each year students enrolled in TXMI 3010/9010 Retail Entrepreneurship work with artisan entrepreneurs in Ghana to design and develop products to buy and bring back to Athens boutiques. UGA student, Marisa, worked with dressmaker-designer Ginatu.
Agnes at Lifeline learns about pattern-making. Here she models a pattern she made and sewed together out of paper; once the fit is corrected, she will make it out of fabric.
A cute top designed by UGA student Lori (shown here) and made by Ginatu (in background)
Learning about quality control at Global Mamas – UGA students check for imperfections in the batik cloth.
Ester Abina, batik artist, teaches UGA students in batiking process. Here UGA student, Caitlin shows off her batik design before the fabric was dyed.
In Ghana batik designers carve out designs on latex sponges; the sponge is dipped in wax and the hot wax is applied to the white cotton cloth as shown here.
Beadmaking-glass beads are important item of adornment in Ghana, one of the traditions is to make beads from finely crushed up glass (soda bottles, etc.). Here UGA student, Nat, mixes pigment into the fine glass powder.
This sign appears at the entrance to Cedi Beads. Each year we visit a bead maker and learn about the process as well as make our own beads.
Kristin took a bottle of bubbles with her to a village visit.
Visiting the fabric market in Accra to purchase fabric for our products is always a lot of fun. We select African print cloth made in Ghana.
Southern and central Ghana is lush with trees and plants. Here a UGA student walks on the canopy walk in Kakum National Forest.
While in Ghana we a couple of days in Cape Coast. We visit slave castles and learn about the slavery, we visit Global Mamas, and spend time on the beach.
While in Ghana we stay at hotels in cities or in guest houses on university campuses. Most of the hotels have swimming pools and cool places to sit and study outdoors.
Cuppa Cappuccino is one of our favorite restaurants in Ghana. Another UGA connection!
Drumming is an important part of music making in Ghana. Here several UGA students learn to drum the Ghana way!
Fishing boats along the coast – on the coast of Ghana many families make their living from fishing with large nets out on the ocean. The traditional boats are carved from trees and painted in colorful patterns.
Another group of fishing boats near Elmina castle.
Each year we visit Bonwire, a kente weaving village. Here UGA student, Tierra, tries her hand at weaving a kente strip.
Each year the products we bring back from Ghana bear this label.
Ginatu Doe is one of our favorite dressmakers to visit. She assists students in turning their design ideas into actual products: dresses, skirts, crop tops, pants for example.
Each year we visit Global Mamas, a fair trade organization that works with women entrepreneurs in Ghana.
Joanna is another one of our favorite entrepreneurs – she specializes in jewellery and quilt design.
The weaving center at Bonwire also includes kente trips and full pieces of cloth that you can purchase. The vendors sale handbags, backpacks, neck ties as well – all made from kente cloth – a traditional fabric of Ghana.
The Krokobitey Institute provides workshops about sustainability and social responsibility. The institute also runs a small sewing workshop where seamstresses and seamsters create and sew products from recycled materials like backpacks.
Each year we taking a class to learn to dance a traditional dance in Ghana, its I lots of fun and lots of exercise!
Marcella interviews an entrepreneur who specializes in batiking.
Morning Star School is a favorite stop for all the UGA students and faculty. Morning Star is a private elementary, middle, and high school in Accra, Ghana. The headmistress is a UGA graduate. We always get a big welcome upon our arrival!
The school is very proper, students stand when they recite a poem, a lesson, and also say thank you!
Here UGA students pick out sponges to use in batiking their fabric.
UGA students from our 2014 program wear infinity scarves made and purchased in Ghana.
Along with day trips to historic and cultural sites, students are required to completed readings and assignment while in Ghana. Here a couple of students study and work on assignments next to the hotel pool.
Ginatu and Jonathan work with UGA student, Jamila, in planning her design.
Working out ideas with Joanna and Gilda. Gilda specializes in duffle bags, purses, and dolls.