We live in a world where within a click of a button you can get an item shipped to you from anywhere around the world to your door. However, we feel there are a few items that if you have the opportunity it is best to purchase at source.
Why you should buy goods in Ghana?
One of the main reasons for buying goods or Ghanaian produce from Ghana is the price you will pay, then secondly the authenticity of the product. And thirdly when you are in Ghana and you buy goods you support the local economy and the home grown entrepreneurs. We are not disputing or saying you should not shop online, if you have the deep pockets then its your choice. But we are putting it out there the price you will pay will always be inflated. Let’s give you an example, Shea butter can cost as little as $2-3 dollars for litre size bottle. Online you will be paying $7-8 dollars a ML. Or take the ever so popular Ankara Bomber Jackets in Accra you can get these for as little as $10-15 but online you will be paying a whopping $80.
The 10 items that are best bought in Ghana?
Ghana has a unique culture and heritage that is expressed through its art, clothes, music and people. Below are 10 things that capture and show these qualities. All of them can be experienced through your personal purchasing power, but we feel that these items when purchased at source allows you the owner to understand the stories and the effort that goes into their production. Here are 10 things you can only we recommend you get whilst in Ghana:
1.Kente cloth: Kente is a type of cloth that is made by the Ashanti people of Ghana. It is made of interwoven strips of silk and cotton, and is known for its bright colors and intricate designs.
2. Shea butter: Shea butter is a natural product that is made from the nuts of the shea tree, which is native to West Africa. Ghana is one of the largest producers of shea butter in the world.
3. Adinkra cloth: Adinkra is a type of cloth that is made by the Asante people of Ghana. It is printed with symbols that represent traditional wisdom and values.
4. Beaded jewelry: Also called Krobo Bracelet. Ghana is known for its beautiful beaded jewelry, which is made by hand using beads of various colors and sizes.
5. Batik cloth: Batik is a type of cloth that is made using wax-resist dyeing techniques. Ghana is known for its beautiful batik fabrics.
6. Hand-carved wooden masks: Ghana is known for its traditional wooden masks, which are often used in religious ceremonies and other cultural events.
7. African print fabric: Ghana is known for its colorful African print fabrics, which are used to make a wide variety of clothing items. Sometimes referred to as tie dye and African Print
8. Palm wine: Palm wine is a traditional alcoholic beverage that is made from the sap of palm trees. It is a popular drink in Ghana and is often served at social gatherings and celebrations.
9. Adinkra stamps: Adinkra stamps are used to print the traditional Adinkra symbols onto cloth. They are made of carved wood and are unique to Ghana.
10. Ghanaian art: Ghana has a vibrant art scene, and you can find unique and beautiful pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, and pottery, that are made by local artists.