August 29, 2013
by: Sydney Pfaff
If you’ve never been one to embrace color in your wardrobe, Kumasi may compel you to step outside your comfort zone. As you make your way through the persistent traffic and crowded marketplaces, you’ll find yourself surrounded by rich tradition and even richer textiles. Statement-making patterns and colors are standard for the traditional Kente cloths, as well as the locals’ daily style. Dressing for the day is no ordinary task here—they pride themselves on wearing bold and meaningful outfits.
Light layers are key while navigating the constant action at the Kejetia Market (there are over 10,000 stalls!) and a hat is most recommended while exploring the surrounding villages in the sun. Escape the heat in the lush jungle-like gardens of the soon-to-be-renovated zoo, but do keep an umbrella handy during the rainy months (June through October). Lightweight cotton and linen will be your best friend in Kumasi’s tropical wet and dry climate—just be sure to opt for colorful hues and prints if you want to fit in.
What to Pack: Kumasi
Sydney Pfaff is a San Francisco-based style and travel writer. When not writing, she spends her days plotting out beach missions with her foxy rescue dog, Lulu. Find more of her work at www.sydneypfaff.com.