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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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.

Elementary Kente cloth inspired patterns assignment. What I liked about this was 'The Story of my Kente Cloth.' Could be an interesting Imagine assignment to create a kente cloth pattern and then share the meaning.

Elementary Kente cloth inspired patterns assignment. What I liked about this was 'The Story of my Kente Cloth.' Could be an interesting Imagine assignment to create a kente cloth pattern and then share the meaning.

Detail from a Kente cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, 19th century, Silk and Cotton, British Museum, London

Detail from a Kente cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, 19th century, Silk and Cotton, British Museum, London

Africa | Four narrow woven 'Kente' strips from Ghana; patterns are formed by alternating warp-faced plain weave with weft-faced plain weave on grouped warps, two-color complementary wefts, and supplementary weft patterning (brocading) | Silk, rayon or cotton | Acquired as a gift in 1969

Africa | Four narrow woven 'Kente' strips from Ghana; patterns are formed by alternating warp-faced plain weave with weft-faced plain weave on grouped warps, two-color complementary wefts, and supplementary weft patterning (brocading) | Silk, rayon or cotton | Acquired as a gift in 1969

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

Ewe Kente Cloth (#ekc-4) Ewe people, Ghana, mid-20th cent. 20-strip cotton kente cloth (partial view shown) (102"l. x 70"w.)

Ewe Kente Cloth (#ekc-4) Ewe people, Ghana, mid-20th cent. 20-strip cotton kente cloth (partial view shown) (102"l. x 70"w.)

Emma Olal African Print

Kente Cloth Exploring Prints, Patterns, and Weaving through Traditional African Art

- Has some cocoa bean colors - Africa | Kente cloth detail from the Asante people of Ghana | 19th - 20th century

- Has some cocoa bean colors - Africa | Kente cloth detail from the Asante people of Ghana | 19th - 20th century

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