Asante kente cloth, 20th century, silk and cotton (Vatican Museums) Inspired by a spider’s web Among the Asante (or Ashanti) people of Ghana, West Africa, a popular legend relates how two young men—Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw—learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web. One night, the two went […]
Kente, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips made and native to the Akan…
Originally, the use of kente was reserved for Asante royalty and limited to special social and sacred functions.
Originally, kente cloth was black and white, but dyes were developed from different plants and a range of colors evolved.
Kente was only worn to special events or by royalty in past times.
The first country that comes to mind at the mention of Kente Cloth is Ghana, the West African country best known for this brightly coloured woven fabric.
Kente: It is composed of many strips of narrow cloth. The strips are in hand-woven in several parts of Ghana, including Adanwomase. They are together…