Woven artefacts from selected plant fibres

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This research has been undertaken to experiment in the use locally available plant fibres such as corn shuck, plantain bark, and raffia to produce woven artefacts at relatively little or no cost. In achieving the objectives, the study sought to identify and describe the selected plant fibres which are located in the local environment. Except for raffia, which was purchased on the open market, all the other fibres were obtained at no cost. These were performed through personal interviews, experiments, processing of the fibres into yarns and strips. The designs of the sample artefacts, which were in preliminary sketches which, were made to illustrate their untended shapes, sizes and weave structures. Colours selected for the sample artefacts where made with references to their traditions symbolism, meaning and relationship to Ghanaian life. All the sample artefacts were hand woven on a wooden frame board and evaluated. The woven artefacts were appreciated on their individual aesthetic and utilitarian qualities.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts in Art Education, 2001