In Ghana, where Ashanti Empress Clothes are produced there is a rapidly growing problem with donated clothes from the West being exported to Africa for resale. Many market traders in the Kantamanto market in Accra buy bales of these second hand clothes, locally known as 'dead white man's clothes.'
Blessed Mount Mary's school has been a big part of my life and the business for many years, its partly what inspired me to return to Ghana after my first visit in 2008 and I never knew then, that it would take me onto a path which would entwine Ghana into my life and lead to the creation of Ashanti Empress! My first visit to the school in 2008 Ever since Ashanti Empress was created in 2015 we have always been determined to recognise and give back to the community in Ghana in which we operate. We have aimed to do this in a number of ways; through ensuring fair wages, reliable work contracts and training opportunities for the tailors we...
We have always wanted Ashanti Empress to be about more than just colourful clothes. Social responsibility is at the heart of our business and we love how direct the link is between our makers and customers!
Batik fabrics can be really beautiful, with multiple layers of wax added to enable numerous colours and textures within a design that is evidently created by hand. There are blemishes to the designs, they are not uniform in their appearance and this is a quality I really admire within the fabric. I went to learn how to make batik and this is a little BTS of how it is produced.
Yep, ‘tis the season and all that! This year (and always) we’re sacking off the tacky Christmas jumpers and plastic rubbish no one wants and our Christmas wish list is turning totally tropical. This Christmas more than ever it’s vital that we think about shopping independent, ethical and small so, from our home town Bristol all the way to Ghana, this round up features all of our favourite independent online shops.