Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

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Respected Elder
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A respected elder in prestigious eyelet lace.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)
Young Man
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Empressive embroidery is as acceptable as the color pink.

Courtesy of Ata Muhammed (2011)
Well Dressed Man
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The flowing white sleeveless over robe sets off the heavily embroidered outfit with a well-matched hat.

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Elders in Robes
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The traditional three-piece suit, worn here with long turbans wrapped to cover the neck. The turbans of white cotton or colored lace show each elder's position at court.

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Palestinian Scarf
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Hat Variations
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A plain white robe highlights the political message of the shoulder scarf.

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Uniform Turban
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A man and boy among others with black turbans and gold skullcaps.

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Five Friends
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Five young men wear unique variations of a common style.

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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.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2009)

Related Objects

Respected Elder
Respected Elder (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Young Man
Young Man (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Well Dressed Man
Well Dressed Man (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Elders in Robes
Elders in Robes (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Palestinian Scarf
Palestinian Scarf (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Hat Variations
Hat Variations (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Uniform Turban
Uniform Turban (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Five Friends
Five Friends (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

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


Related Essay
Creator: Paz, Carmen
Clark, Gracia
Description: A range of dress styles compatible with Muslim identity for men
Subject: Men
Date Range: 2000-2009
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Camen Paz; Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Digitizer: Carmen Paz

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