Tapestry as an Entrepreneurship Venture for Niger-Delta Youths

Oghale Okpu


Tapestry is one of the traditional weaving in most European countries. The technique is learnt and used to create interior decorations for homes, offices and religious temples or mosques (religious themes). The skill is still used in the present days although it is not as popular as decorative prints, batiks and tie-dye which every Tom, Dick and Harry can engage in. This paper examines tapestry as a viable tool for entrepreneurship if the skill and techniques are learnt. It is a profit oriented business, if the youths of Niger – Delta can be persuaded to learn the method of production. Their restless, youthful exuberance and other social ills of armed robberies, kidnapping and rape will surely be reduced to minimum. Materials needed are listed, the different knotting techniques and the characteristic inherent in tapestries are analysed. It is noted that any interested individual can excel in the tapestry enterprise. You must not be an artist before you can engage in the business. With hardwork, determination and patience, the individual will always make money enough for all his/her financial expenses or obligations to make life meaningful or worth living.

Keywords: Tapestry, Entrepreneurship, Rya knot, Warp, Weft, Cartoon.

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