Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pokuase, January 2008

My first trip to Pokuase. We gathered together daily for three weeks. It was a Ghanaian crocheting bee. They learned from me – to create fibers from discarded plastic bags and to crochet with these fibers. And I learned from them – about their lives, their language, and their culture.

For the last two weeks, I moved into a family compound – a conglomeration of small buildings or rooms, each one belonging to another family member or friend. Scooby is the dog. There were chickens and children tumbling in the dust. Always visitors. Everyone helps to take care of the babies.

Every day was busy and full, dusty and dirty, and incredibly special.

The two women crocheting are wearing glasses from the Dollar Store in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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