Sadly just before I left Holland, Charles’s grandfather passed away. The fact that I couldn’t be with Charles the moment it happened was very tough, but we both knew that I would be able to support him during the funeral.
Even though it is so sad, I find it very special that I am able to experience this. Funerals in Ghana are not just an occasion to mourn. They are also an opportunity to celebrate the life of the beloved departed. The ceremonies are an important part of the West African culture. That is why Ghanaians spend as much money on funerals as on weddings. Sometimes even more… Can you imagine?
Kaba and slits
After weeks and weeks of preparation, everything is settled and so the funeral will take place tomorrow. The family is expecting around 400 to 600 people. What amazes me mostly is the Ghanaian funeral attire. The family put so much effort in the designs of the clothing. Especially the Kaba and Slit (the name for the traditional dress for women in Ghana). I thought it would be interesting to capture these preparations and the clothing, especially since I’m so fascinated by African fashion. But most of all, because it is not the same as it is in Holland (or any other country in the West). I don’t want to spoil too much of the gowns, but the details are already quite amazing. More pictures from the whole outfits will follow soon.
Special thanks to the Quartey family, fashion designer NK from his brand Charlotte for the Kaba and Slit, and my man Charles for the fact that he is fine with me sharing such a personal part of his life.