Frafra Leatherwork and Brass Bangles
by Fred T. Smith
Kent State University
During the past few centuries, leatherwork has been an extremely profitable and widespread industry for the Frafra. Strips of red, black or white leather have been used to embellish walking sticks, bows, hats, knives and fly whisk handles as well as baskets. In addition, leather cushions, bags, amulets and wallets have been produced for both Frafra and non-Frafra patrons.