December 14, 2024

Program and Workshops

Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble

The Artist:

Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble is a Master Weaver from Denu, Ghana. He grew up among Ewe weavers and apprenticed with his father, Gilbert ‘Bobbo’ Ahiagble, and his uncles near the town of Agbozume. Agbozume is the world’s largest market for Ewe Kente cloth and is located in the Volta Region of Ghana. Chapuchi traveled to the United States in 2002 for a two-month educational tour with his father, where he lectured and demonstrated at the Oakland Museum of California, Skidmore College in New York, the Detroit Museum of Art, and 30 public schools within the Washington, DC area. Today, Chapuchi continues the ancient and traditional art form of Ewe Weaving in the United States. His history of presenting educational lectures, demonstrations, and workshops with K-12 students and teachers, university students, and professional institutions keeps him in demand in the weaving and academic arena.

Guild Meeting/Program: Ewe Kente Weaving from Ghana

Chapuchi Bobbo will speak about growing up in a weaving family and in Denu, a weaving village located in the Volta Region of Ghana. He will exhibit different traditional strips and show how they are joined (sewn) to make a completed cloth. He will explain the names of different patterns and interpret their meaning – Kente Cloth is known as ‘talking cloth’. He will set up a traditional narrow strip cloth loom and exhibit parts of the loom: heddles, shuttles, bobbins, warps, warp crowns (made from fiber), heddle pulleys, treadles, supplementary warp stick, beeswax and show Master Weaver from Ghana, children’s book about his family.

Date/Time: December 14, 2024 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854