Cotton decor accents and women's fashion accessories in West Africa
"My mother helps me put the finishing touches on my creations. I most enjoy creating and designing new ideas and themes for my work.""My name is Elsie Esinam Apetor and I was born in Accra in 1987. I create beads and I love fashion. My friends say I am humble, honest and caring.
"I became interested in handcrafted art after helping my grandmother thread beads. My mother taught me to make beads and, in turn, I've also taught friends.
"I attended a polytechnic school to study fashion. It was difficult starting on my own because I had to purchase everything for my workshop by myself. I had to make sure I had everything to make it successful.
"My mother helps me put the finishing touches on my creations. I mostly enjoy creating and designing new ideas and themes for my work. I am inspired by my surroundings and topics I research.
"To find someone who will craft my designs the person must be able to have a good finish and create the exact designs over and over again. My favorite thing about this craft is creating and developing new ideas and themes for my work.
"Once, when I had to make a presentation in school and didn't do a good job because I wasn't prepared. I was really embarrassed because I deviated from the topic.
"My hope is for my designs to become recognized nationally and internationally. My plans are to create a training center that will teach and empower younger people."
6 items by Elsie Apetor
Leaf Motif Printed Cotton Shopping Bag from Ghana
Leafy Shopper, Leaf Motif Printed Cotton Shopping Bag from Ghana
Elsie ApetorFeaturing a solid color in azure with printed leaf motifs at the bottom, this shopping bag from Ghana displays an original design by Elsie Apetor. It is crafted of cotton, featuring an unlined, roomy...$97.99
Multi-Color Printed Cotton Cosmetics Case from Ghana
Bright Beginnings, Multi-Color Printed Cotton Cosmetics Case from Ghana
Elsie ApetorCarry your cosmetics in style with this vibrant cosmetics case. Artisan Elsie Apetor of Ghana creates this case from 100% cotton printed fabric, which features eleven interior pockets. An exterior...$49.99
Petal Pink Waves
Printed Cotton Shawl in Crimson and Petal Pink from Ghana
Petal Pink Waves, Printed Cotton Shawl in Crimson and Petal Pink from Ghana
Elsie ApetorElsie Apetor is a talented artisan from Ghana who hopes to use her influence to train and empower youth in her area. She presents this shawl, made from cotton yarns in crimson with printed petal pink...$69.99
Cotton Cushion Cover in Sunrise and Cornflower Blue
Kekeli Sunrise, Cotton Cushion Cover in Sunrise and Cornflower Blue
Elsie ApetorThis cotton cushion cover features brilliant circle motifs in sunrise and cornflower blue, with a ragged overlay in candy apple red. Designed by Elsie Apetor of Ghana, the motifs on this cushion cover...$49.99
Monochrome Patterned Cotton Lined Cosmetics Bag from Ghana
Monochrome Ntoma, Monochrome Patterned Cotton Lined Cosmetics Bag from Ghana
Elsie ApetorSubtle geometry in monochrome hues make of this cosmetics bag a must have. Ghana's Elsie Apetor designs the practical bag featuring a cream-colored cotton lining and a stainless steel ring on the...$23.99
Woven Star Motif Cotton Wrap Scarf from Ghana
Kafui Blessing, Woven Star Motif Cotton Wrap Scarf from Ghana
Elsie ApetorIn colors of teal, saffron, and eggshell, entrancing star motifs are printed along the length of this fabulous wrap scarf from Ghana. Elsie Apetor designs the scarf, woven of cotton. Fringes complete...$44.99