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A systematic review of the socio-cultural and economic value of Ghanaian weaving art tradition

George Kwame Fobiri (Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Studies, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana)
Ebenezer Kofi Howard (Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Solomon Marfo Ayesu (Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Studies, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana)
Ama Kour Timpabi (Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Studies, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana)
Diana Oppong (Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Studies, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 9 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the value of Ghanaian weaving art tradition to humanity from socio-cultural and economic points of view. This study sought to answer questions such as “What is the interest of researchers regarding Ghanaian textile weaving art tradition?”, “To what extent has weaving art tradition projected the Ghanaian culture?” and “What is the socio-economic value of Ghanaian weaving art tradition?”

Design/methodology/approach

The systematic literature review approach was used to analyse data obtained from the Scopus online database. The PRISMA framework was adopted to select 22 relevant studies for analysis and conclusions. Also, the VOSviewer software was used to analyse and understand the co-occurrence of keywords.

Findings

It was revealed that Ghanaian weaving art tradition stands as a major craft that projects Ghana globally. Researchers around the world keep adding knowledge on Ghanaian traditional weaving and its value to humanity, resulting in a significant rise recently in the publication trend. Also, the rich cloth from the art is celebrated annually to invite people around the globe to learn the Ghanaian culture for social development. This study again found that traditional weaving serves as a major source of income for weavers and marketers of indigenous Ghanaian woven fabrics.

Practical implications

The findings of this study serve as a wake-up call to the Government of Ghana, institutional actors and national leaders to practically engage in the projection of the local art by playing individual roles such as financially supporting the craftsmen, initiating and implementing appropriate policies and displaying the local cloth on international occasions. This will make the local art more attractive for effective marketing and cultural preservation.

Originality/value

With reliable information extracted from the Scopus online database, this study presents original results and makes appropriate suggestions worth adopting for the improvement of the Ghanaian weaving art tradition.

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Citation

Fobiri, G.K., Howard, E.K., Ayesu, S.M., Timpabi, A.K. and Oppong, D. (2024), "A systematic review of the socio-cultural and economic value of Ghanaian weaving art tradition", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-06-2023-0066

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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