Depart after breakfast to visit a few Asante craft villages to participate in using simple tools and traditional technology to produce breath taking artifacts and designs from which you can send as souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Bonwire/Adawumase where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms, in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. In contrast, Asante Kente are designed using brighter colours and geometric patterns with unblemished precisions. Before you make a purchase of souvenir gifts, take off your shoes and try your hands at kente weaving. This offers a you an opportunity to learn the various processes involved in Kente cloth weaving. Start with setting the tread, loom and practice kente weaving under the guidance professional kente weavers. Continue to Ntonso – where the main economic activities are further enhancing and adding beauty to the traditional textile printing, see Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye processing and get a demonstration of how intricate designs are applied to this sacred mourning cloth. Adinkra cloth are designed by indigenous artist whose expertise lies in the textual printing using traditional symbols that express the spiritual, moral, political and socio- cultural philosophies of the Akan people and offers you opportunity to create your own designs.
Lunch at a local Restaurant (extra cost).
Return to Kumasi for lunch at a local restaurant
Continue after lunch for a city tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace Museum. The Manhyia Palace Museum was created within the old residence of Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, the thirteenth and fourteenth Kings of Asante respectively. This historic building was rehabilitated in 1995 to serve as a Museum. The Manhyia Palace Museum is described as “Living Museum” as the some of the Royal Regalia of over some 300years old - Guns, Swords and Silver & Golden Keys are still being used during festivals such as Akwesidae.
Visit the National Cultural Centre and Prempeh II Museum. This museum displays artefacts relating to the Ashanti King Prempeh II, including the king's war attire, ceremonial clothing, jewellery, protective amulets, personal equipment for bathing and dining, furniture, royal insignia and some fine brass weights for weighing gold. Constructed to resemble an Ashanti chief's house, it has a courtyard in front and walls adorned with traditional carved symbols. This Museum has in exhibition of some original antiquated clothe and Akan Fabric which of which are well over 300years old. The guide will explain in detail the Kyekyen, Bark cloth and how modern Kente evolved in Asante.
For the adventure lovers venture into the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa for shopping and interact with the Market Mummies and learn some bargaining process involved.
Return to your hotel. Dinner (extra cost). Explore Kumasi city and enjoy nightlife
Overnight: 4* Hotel in Kumasi