Click to enlargeThe Ew Tribe of Ghana

KWABLA has entered into partnerships with artisans of the Ew culture from Ghana. To browse KWABLA's catalogue of goods or listing of artisans from the Ew culture, click on the icons at the bottom of the page.

The people of the Ew tribe are predominantly found in the southeastern part of Ghana, in the Volta Region, as well as in the southern parts of neighboring Togo and Benin. The Volta Region of Ghana has derived its name from Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world. The Ews are believed to have migrated to Ghana from Togo in the fifteenth century.

Unlike the Ashanti tribe, the founder of a particular Ew community automatically becomes the chief and is usually succeeded by his paternal relatives. The chief is essentially a ceremonial figure assisted by a council of elders. Chiefdoms can range from a few hundred people in one or two villages to several thousand people in numerous villages. The Ew have over 600 deities to turn to in times of need. Many village celebrations and ceremonies take place in honour of one or more deities.

The image above is the cap of a ceremonial umbrella that usually accompanies an Ew tribal chief. Usually wrapped in gold leaf, the umbrella serves two purposes for the Ew tribal chief. First, these umbrellas shade the chief from the hot African sun and secondly to let everyone know where the chief is located in a large crowd.

Ews are primarily subsistence farmers and keepers of small amounts of livestock. Fishing is an important aspect of the livelihood of the Ew people because of their close proximity to Lake Volta. The Ews also do some craft specialization, specifically the Ews, like the Ashanti, weave kente cloth. The geometrical patterns created by the Ews in their kente cloth contain symbolic designs handed down through the ages. Historically, local variations in economic activities between Ew villages has permitted a great deal of trade between one community and another, which is mainly carried out by women.

To browse KWABLA's catalogue of goods or listing of artisans from the Ew tribe of Ghana, click on the icons below.



Catalogue of Goods from the Ew Tribal Culture
Catalogue of Goods from the Ew Tribal Culture

Listing of Artisans from the Ew Tribal Culture
Listing of Artisans from the Ew Tribal Culture