Fashion and Textile Review
Volume 1, Issue 7. March 2022. Pages: 01 – 18
ISSN: 2665-0983 (ONLINE)


Adelaide Oboshie Sai, Moses Akrofi and Richard Acquaye
Department of Textile Design and Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi – Ghana

Corresponding author’s email: [email protected]


This study seeks to investigate the nature of fabric waste that are generated from the shop floors of dressmakers and fashion designers and the extent to which these wastes are managed in selected suburbs of the Kumasi Metropolis. It further quests to assess the quantity of fabric waste that is generated from the shops of the identified garment producers. Presently, fabric remnants that are regarded as waste fabrics are disposed into gutters, burnt to cause air pollution, buried or thrown into refuse dumps as landfills in Ghana. The aim of this study is to help reduce waste and to propose appropriate management procedure for environmental and economic development. Selected tailoring and dressmaking workshops were identified in Central Market, Alabar, Asafo and Asokwa and used as data gathering sites. And a total of 60 dressmakers and seamstresses randomly selected from 30 workshops identified. Additionally, observations were carried out to ascertain the information gathered through the interview. To acquire professional views on issues critical to the study, 10 fashion designers and 4 fashion design lecturers as well as 4 waste management experts and 2 environmental protection authorities were also interviewed. It came out that fabric wastes generated by dressmakers and fashion designers are very substantial and are not managed properly. It is, therefore, recommended strongly that recycling would be a more sustainable approach.


Fabric Waste, Kumasi, Fashion, Recycling



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