Being Ghanian I already knew this so I'm glad this picture is floating around here for everybody else to get the chance to know this as well

Being Ghanian I already knew this so I'm glad this picture is floating around here for everybody else to get the chance to know this as well

Africa | Asante regional Chief Kwaku Addai's ornate bracelet and gold finger-ring. Kumasi, Ghana. ca. 1970 | ©Eliot Elisofon

Africa | Asante regional Chief Kwaku Addai's ornate bracelet and gold finger-ring. Kumasi, Ghana. ca. 1970 | ©Eliot Elisofon

Very stylish. She looks pissed. Probably because someone is taking her photo. Er. Um. Maybe she's feeling really happy inside.

Very stylish. She looks pissed. Probably because someone is taking her photo. Er. Um. Maybe she's feeling really happy inside.

Africa | Girls dressed in Kente cloth and wearing Krobo beads.  Ghana | ©Michael Kwame Dakwa/Kwame Pocho

Africa | Girls dressed in Kente cloth and wearing Krobo beads. Ghana | ©Michael Kwame Dakwa/Kwame Pocho

Ghana - TextilesDifferent shades of Kente cloth.

Ghana - Textiles Different shades of Kente cloth.

Kente cloth is colorful woven fabric, historically worn by royalty in Ghana. Kente derives from the word kenten which means basket. Patterns in the cloth resemble the weave of a basket.  Kente cloth was expensive to own because of the quality of work put into the making. Today, people of all status wear the Kente cloth. Kente cloth is more than mere clothing; it is worn on special occasions such as weddings and important affairs.

Kente cloth is colorful woven fabric, historically worn by royalty in Ghana. Kente derives from the word kenten which means basket. Patterns in the cloth resemble the weave of a basket. Kente cloth was expensive to own because of the quality of work put into the making. Today, people of all status wear the Kente cloth. Kente cloth is more than mere clothing; it is worn on special occasions such as weddings and important affairs.

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.

Get to know a bit more about 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.

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