Kumasi is one of the best locations for exuberantly decorative traditional pieces, simple yet delicately cut cultural Ashanti and modern Ghanaian artistic gifts. Whether you’re looking for stylish wood designs, symbol paintings, textiles, or sculpture, they all make up the superb collection of souvenirs you need.
Souvenir stalls at Kejetia Market
West Africa‘s largest outdoor market consists of hundreds of comprehensive shops and small tabletop collections that will offer you affordable reminders of this central place in Ghana.
Kumasi’s cultural hub
The cultural hub known for showcasing the works of local sculptors, potters, glass bead artisans, textile producers as well as several artists pursuing diverse genres connected to the Ashanti kingdom and outside its circle is the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.
Ntonso is a village in the Ashanti region, a few kilometres from Kumasi, known to be home to several talented families who demonstrate, teach, and sell Adinkra cloth. You can also carve your own calabash stamp for textile printmaking.
Home of kente
Adanwomase is about 27 kilometres north-east of Kumasi. Versatile weavers spread from here all the way to Bonwire, two kilometres away.
Purchase pots at Pankrono
Pankrono is acclaimed for its exceptional shelves filled with pottery, handmade without the use of the potter’s wheel.
Traditional pottery in Kumasi has its haven in Pankrono; located eight kilometres on Mampong Road and 25 minutes on a trotro from Kejetia. The pottery method here is simple and functional, where glaze is rarely used and the colour of the pot depends largely on the type of clay applied and frequency of firing. Pottery is made by mostly women as the men decorate with vivid designs. In conjunction, one can visit Ahwiaa (known for wood carvings) from Pankrono, which shares the same road.
Ahwiaa Wood World
Ahwiaa is known for spectacular expertise in epic wood moulding techniques. Their specialised visual art process of wood carving is talked about all over.
Ahwiaa is a town in the Kwabre East district of the Ashanti region. The architecture of the town is an entry point into wood design inherited from sophisticated ancient civilisation of the people. Only 30 minutes drive from Kejetia, one can experience the lifestyle of Ahwiaa, as well as buy quality and cheap wood carvings, furniture, masks, unity globes, animal carvings, and other massive artworks and crafts made from red sillar, mahogany, thick wood, and ebony.
Gift shops in Kumasi you should know
Agyaba jewellery is the place to order wedding rings, diamond studs, pendants, earrings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces and more. They can be located on Prempeh II street, Adum, Kumasi. Frankies Gift Shop focuses on fashion trends and is situated at Santasi roundabout next to Emmauella Hair Studio. Other gift shops in the garden city include Doramat, Elohim Royal, and Okaysions.
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