Well. Ahem. I, uh, went fabric shopping today. I am happy to report that negotiating is a way of life here. So, that means you can score fabric at some pretty good prices. It’s similar to shopping at the Arab markets in Israel. The first fabric I fell for was 120,000 cidis. I sucked my teeth and attempted to walk away. He implored me to stay. The dance was on. By the end, I got my six yard purchase for 11 cidis, about $11 USD.
Fabric is sold in six yard bolts, 36 – 45 inches wide. The fabrics I looked at were a little over $2 a yard. I’m having one shirtdress made here (I forgot to ask the seamstress for pockets) and a two piece outfit for my mom. They’ll have it ready for a fitting on Saturday and all done by Monday. I was tempted to get more made because of the cost, but my joy is sewing.
As I told my fellow travelers, fabric lasts forever. While they bought jewelry that may be lost and objects for thier home they will later question, I will always have my fabric. I can’t wait to get home and show what I got! I think all told, about 48 yards. Hmmm. That sounds like a lot when said out loud.
Well, I’m just trying to do my part to support the economy of my ancestors. Yep. That’s it. No self gain here whatsover.
I also received money from dear old dad today. Even at 31 years old, I still need my folks to help me out.
To bed! Tomorrow we leave for Cape Coast. I’ll be be back in Accra by the weekend and hope to update you then.