Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

Craft Workers Slideshow

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Making Mirror Frames
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This workshop is located near an industrial sawmill, using offcuts to make frames for mirrors.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)
Truck Drivers' Union
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This local branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union is predominantly Muslim.

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Truck Mechanic
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This man runs a roadside truck repair workshop in a Muslim neighborhood.

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Shoemaker Apprentices
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Both Muslim and Asante men make and repair shoes. This shop specializes in recycling uppers from imported secondhand shoes into new styles.

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Central Market Tailor
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A section of the Central Market is devoted to sewing and embroidery of typical Muslim styles for men and women, by men tailors.This young tailor makes men's and women's embroidered outfits, but wears denims himself.

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Apprentice Tailor
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Boys can start apprenticeships for tailoring and other crafts in their early teens.

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Seamstress
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Many seamstresses like this work from kiosks located near their homes.

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Urban Cattle
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Herding, trading and slaughtering cattle in Kumasi are all occupations associated with Muslims, especially Fulani and Hausa.

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Gathering Grass
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Fattening cattle in the city requires cutting grass for extra fodder.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2016)

Related Objects

Making Mirror Frames
Making Mirror Frames (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Truck Drivers' Union
Truck Drivers' Union (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Truck Mechanic
Truck Mechanic (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Shoemaker Apprentices
Shoemaker Apprentices (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Central Market Tailor
Central Market Tailor (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Apprentice Tailor
Apprentice Tailor (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Seamstress
Seamstress (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Urban Cattle
Urban Cattle (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Gathering Grass
Gathering Grass (2016)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark


Related Essay
Creator: Paz, Carmen
Clark, Gracia
Description: Gracia will add one.
Subject: Craft Workers
Date Range: 2010-2019
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Carmen Paz; Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Digitizer: Carmen Paz

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