06Accra, Ghana
MARYANNE MATHIAS, 40
MOLLY KEOGH, 40
Founders of Osei-Duro

In 2009, Maryanne and Molly planted themselves in Accra, producing textiles and designing garments alongside of the local Ghanaian artisans. Over a decade later, the two North Americans continue to navigate the ambiguity of ethical cultural exchange with an open heart.

April 01, 2021

Interview by Joanna Nishimoto
Cover design by Marina Yagi
Cover image by Jessica Sarkodie

“Since starting the business in 2009, I can say that I have learned a lot, and I continue to explore my role as a white woman from the Global North working in a Black country. I am sure we would not have approached the business as we did in 2009, if we started in 2021... Given this, we try to look at our situation holistically from where we are now. We’re here, in this capitalist post-colonial world, and we need to figure it out.”


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Top to bottom: Dyers drying fabric, Tema by Sara Mullin; Indigo vats - Gonja distric by Lee Dekel (2); Osei-Duro founders & Martha and Kwaku - Osei-Duro’s two oldest employees by Osei-Duro; Boys on Tree by Zya Levy 








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