Complex and unique Kente designs can earn patents

By Samuel Akumatey, GNA    

Kpetoe, Oct. 21 GNA – Mr Charles Agbeve,
Member of Parliament for Agortime Ziope Constituency in the Volta Region has
challenged Kente weavers to push their creativity and produce unique designs to
give the fabric more international appeal.

He said creativity held the key to the
development of the textile, and added that complexity of its designs would make
them patentable and help build strong brands.

Me Agbeve was speaking to the media on the
side of a weaving competition at Kpetoe which formed part of the 2018
Agbamevorza (Kente Festival) of the people of Agortime in the Agortime Ziofe
District.

He said it was necessary to provide museums,
galleries and trade events in the kente village to enhance its promotion.

Mr Agbeve supported the contest by awarding a
cash prize of 5000 cedis to the winner and underscored the need to encourage
more women weavers.

He further expressed hope that the revised
copyright law would cover all intellectual interests and encourage more
creativity.

The MP mentioned plans to provide educational
and skill training support for the youth, and also to help advance the weaving
craft.

He further said that the contest was the main
attraction of the festival, and must therefore be highlighted to challenge the
craftsmanship of Kente weavers.

A total of 18 weavers, including three women
competed for best weaver and speed.

Bless Dogbey, 18 year Junior High School
student emerged winner with a design which he told the Ghana News Agency he had
received in a vision and promised to invest the cash prize in advancing his
skills in the craft.

Mr Maxwell Blagodzi, Deputy Volta Regional
Minister said Kente weaving was an art that must be preserved.

The festival which was climaxed with a durbar
attracted tourists across the world.

GNA

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