Bolga Hats

These hats are handmade in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Located near the border of Burkina Faso, the city is well known for being the artisan centre of northern Ghana. The crafting of these hats and other products has been passed down from generation to generation. They are made using herbs known as "elephant grass", which are very rigid and resistant fibres, making the products very durable. To create the hats, the craftspeople first carefully select the appropriate fibres. These are then cut and divided into smaller fibres, which are subsequently interwoven. Finally, the woven fibres are dyed with natural colours and dried before the artisans craft the hats by hand. Each hat features a unique design.

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