Togo’s culture is influenced by the country’s numerous ethnic groups, the most powerful of which are the Ewe, Mina, Tem, Tchamba, and Kabre.
Despite the impact of Christianity and Islam, more than half of Togo’s population adheres to traditional animistic beliefs and rituals.
The renowned statuettes depicting the adoration of the ibeji are a feature of Ewe sculpture. Instead of the more common African masks, sculptures and hunting trophies were utilized. Kloto’s woodcarvers are known for their “chains of marriage,” in which two figures are linked by rings carved from a single piece of wood.
Kloto’s artizanal center’s dyed cloth batiks depict stylised and colorful images of old daily life. The loincloths used by the weavers of Assahoun in their rituals are well-known. Sokey Edorh’s paintings are inspired by vast desert expanses driven by the dry wind and where the earth has the imprints of man and animals. Paul Ahyi, a plastics specialist, is now well-known throughout the world. He was a master of the “zota,” a kind of pyroengraving, and his colossal accomplishments adorn Lomé.