Prospects of Beads in Garment Production in Ghana
Keywords:beads, beaded garment, garment construction, clothing designers
Fashion designers use beads to design garments thereby adding more value, aesthetics and creativity
in fashion. This has not been very popular on the local market. There is, however, a growing trend of
using beads in the construction of garments especially in the Greater Accra Region. This study
examined the future of bead making in the fashion industry by examining the possibilities of
promoting beads in the construction of garment. The study adopted a cross sectional and descriptive
research designs. A total of 100 respondents were sampled from a population of 1,728,333
economically active people in the Greater Accra Region. The respondents comprised 80 economically
active people and 20 fashion designers. Accidental sampling was used to sample both the
economically active people and the fashion designers. Interview schedules were used to gather data
from the respondents. Statistical Product for Service Solutions (SPSS) was used to process the data.
Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages were used to present the data. The study
found that people preferred beaded garments because of their aesthetics, patterns and uniqueness.
Some of the factors considered by the fashion designers in constructing beaded garments were fabric
type, fabric designs, and weight of the beads. However, issues such as low level of technology in bead,
stringing high cost of beaded garment, and the perception that beaded garments are more feminine
were found to be limiting the promotion of beads in the construction of Garment.