COMING TO GHANA: DAY 10

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT!

Coming to Ghana Day 10 – Dancing in the thunderstorm

We dismissed our students at the end of school and made our way to the seamstress opposite the market to enquire about designing and making our Ghanian dresses. The seamstress, Bernice, was so lovely and helpful. She told us how many yards she needs to make our dresses and advised us to go in the market and choose our cloth and bring it for the dresses to be ready by Friday morning. We were ecstatic about our tailor made dresses with bright African designs and patterns.

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We crossed the road into the market and started our shopping spree. First stop was the much-loved watermelon slices for us to enjoy and I could not resist the tasty coconut water a few stalls down. I drank the clear refreshing nectar in the unforgiving heat before starting to hunt or the perfect patterned cloth for our outfits. Our second stop was a lady’s stall perched on a high platform with stairs. I had a look at the cotton materials with modern and traditional patterns and my eye caught a pink and yellow kente design and I asked how much. I paid 20 cedis (£4) for 4 yards to make my long dress. Marie was not sure about some of the patterns as she did not think bright colours would suit her complexion. Across from the lady, a woman was selling black soap wrapped in brown paper. I was happy because this is exactly what I wanted to buy. I bought 2 big round bars for 4 cedis (80p), a bargain!

Our walk took us to a second cloth shop, we ventured inside and entered into a den of every colour, pattern and materials that any dressmaker would love. There were lace, silk, cotton, and sequents of all the colours and shades you could think of. Marie spotted a dark blue floral design and we tried to haggle for 3 yards. The seller was kind but firm on her price. She could see Marie really wanted it so she agreed on 25 cedis (£5). We told her we would think about it and return after looking around. We had reached the end of the market and decided to go to the other end. We found two cloth shops next to each other but they were more expensive so we head back to the lady with the beautiful blue cloth. She welcomed us back into her wonderful shop and Marie bought her 3 yards.

We greeted Bernice who was sewing. She invited us into her workshop. She gave us aimg_5913
few magazines and style catalogues for us to look through. There were so many styles, from the big and puffy pendulum types to short sexy and high street designs. After 15minutes of perusing through images and marking a few pages, Marie and I found what we had in mind. A few locals looked on at Marie in amusement and one lady came in with her son and introduced herself, she too was named Marie. We got measured and left our material. We told her we will pay and pick up on Friday morning on our way to school and said goodbye to the other Marie.

When we arrived home, we rested on our porch for a long while and when we heard the roll of thunder and the rain beating down onto the tin roofs, we ran out in our shorts and vests and had a dance. It was a freeing moment, no judgement. I felt gratitude for the cooling rain and company to enjoy this moment.

We ate in the dark on the porch and spoke about our hopes for the weekend to be filled with more adventures.

Stay tuned for day 11 to see what else I get up to.

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Thank you,

Dionne

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