Kumasi is a dusty, laid-back city with Ashanti pride visible in the walk of the residents.
Wooden masks and statues are slightly better priced in Kumasi, thought one really needs to have excellent guidance when shopping for antique woods. The contemporary workmanship is generally excellent, and it is a matter of taste for the shopper.
The Kente cloth 'capital' of Ghana is about 40 miles from Kumasi and a wide selection of this gorgeous cloth is available, including custom weaves.
The Palace of Ashantehene is located in Kumasi, a rather somber place where Ashanti ceremonial artifacts are enshrined.