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Textile Wrapper (20th century) from Ghana. Kente cloth of rayon, cotton. via the Heilbrunn timeline of Art History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Africa | A 1970s, Ewe Kente Cloth from Ghana. Ewe cloth is woven on a loom similar to that of the Asante Kente cloth
Kente cloth was develoed by the Akan people of West Africa. Many of Akan live in Ghana and Ivory Coast today. Traditionally the cloths were for sacred and royal occassions. They feature bold designs and bright colors, each of which bears meaning. For example, black signifies maturity and strong spiritual energy.
Africa | Woven Kente clothThe icon of African cultural heritage around the world, Akan kente is identified by its dazzling, multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs. Kente characterized by weft designs woven into every available block of plain weave is called adweneasa. The Akan people choose kente cloths as much for their names as their colors and patterns.