Ash-geo Handmade Textile Training Center
is a medium scale textile weaving enterprise located in Keta, a coastal district capital in the Keta District of the Volta region of Ghana in West Africa.
The company started in 1987, and became registered in 1998. Its main product is Kente cloth produced on both local and broad looms. It also produces Ghanaian batik, tie and dyes as well as apparel designing (tailoring). The center produces its own original designs and motifs.
The Managing Director of Ash-Geo Handmade Textile Training Center is Mr. George Ashiagbor, a young dynamic entrepreneur with much vision, drive and initiative. He is also a unique designer and producer of original design Kente patterns before they are transferred onto looms for actual production. The center has 32 artisans comprising weavers, designers and tailors. The founder with the support of an administrator manages the center. He has since developed the Keta District Weavers Association with 15 hand-loom textile weaving enterprises, of which he is the current chairman. Each of the enterprises has an average of 12 workers most of whom had previous training at his center.
The formation of the association has set a firm production base for meeting any large orders that cannot be met by any one producer. Coordination and delivery of large orders are done by Ash-Geo Handmade Textile Training Center. Current buyers are from Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D'Ivoire, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo. Products can be shipped from Tema Port, on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana or by air from Accra.
The Managing Director has on behalf of the center participated in some international textile conferences and fairs. These include the Trade Fair in Florence in 1999 as well as the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Conference in Atlantic City USA in 2002.
Mr. Ashiagbor is currently seeking to expand the market of this unique product line of textiles into the North American market and is interested in doing business with international buyers in Kente designs and batik tie-dye.