Tess world designs traditional african kente fabric tess. Love your kente cloth even more the history and people behind your kente cloth. Oct 19, 2009 kente cloth is local to ghana, a country located in west africa. The kente cloth designs are powerful cultural symbols that represent history and philosophy. The fabric which is worn by royalties in ghana has gradually become a fashion item for most people around africa.
Students will be able to discuss the importance of cloth weaving in west africa. Kente colors chocolate, debbi, aronoff, craig e on. According to legend, kurugu and ameyaw, two brothers from the village, went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning a web. On the part of bonwire, it is popularly known that a man name otaa kraban and his friend kraku amoagya from bonwire learnt the art of weaving by observing a. Adopted as a key symbol of afrocentric identity and panafricanism in the 1960s throughout the african diaspora, it was declared ghanas national cloth upon attaining independence in 1957. The history of ghanaian fashion, and why its exploding worldwide african dynamo. The copyright thing doesnt work here university of minnesota. The ashanti empire or confederacy, which was located in what is today ghana, first emerged in west africa during the seventeenth century.
It is made by weaving long strips that contain symbolic patterns. Booklist a joyful ode to kente celebrates the beauty and tradition of this west african fabric that is now so popular in america. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our favorite. Gold is an important part of asante culture and history.
Kente cloth festival in kpetoe, september kente11 by okrahoma, via flickr see more. The unmistakable blends of colored threads woven together into beautiful patterns is the hallmark of kente cloth. Linguist staff okyeamepoma asante peoples kente cloth asante and ewe peoples this is the currently selected item. The fashion industry in ghana has evolved and grown through a long history of cultural change and development. Kente cloth a warm multicultural book, that gives an enlightining look at the traditional hand weaving of the kente cloth. The cloth is still made in the traditional way in adanwomse in the ashanti region of ghana. On average, a mens size cloth measures 24 strips wide, making it about 8 feet wide and 12 feet long.
Kente cloth asante and ewe peoples article khan academy. The weavers started to create their own unique designs, which are now well known worldwide as ashanti kente. Ghanaian kente cloth is known across the world for its lively colors and quality. They tried to do same by weaving a beautiful raffia fabric. Hottest kente styles for celebrities choose your designs. And rightly so, as this royal cloth is deeply intertwined in the history and culture of the akan ethnic group of west ghana. These flags were made for military companies affiliated with the british along the coast of presentday ghana. Subscribe to our channel and check out our other videos and playlists. Debbi chocolate is the awardwinning author of many books for young readers. It comes in a variety of patterns, colors and designs, each of which have different meanings. The strips are interlaced to form a fabric which is usually worn wrapped around the shoulders and waist like a toga the garment is also known as kente. Aug 12, 2019 kofi is a seven year old ashanti boy who lives in bonwire, a town known for making kente cloth.
Linguist staff okyeamepoma asante peoples kente cloth asante and ewe peoples this is the currently selected. For the legend, a man named ota karaban and friend, kwaku from a town called bonwire a leading town for the production of kente in ghana had their weaving lessons from a spider that was weaving its web. Kente royal cloth are very important for its rich colours and meaningful designs. Find authentic kente cloth sales and information on kente cloth and ghana. Students weave paper into a pattern to resemble colorful african kente cloth. The origin of kente is in the akan empire of bonoman. Nov 10, 2017 the spider weaver the legend of the kente cloth carmen magadan. Legend has it that kente fabric was first made by two friends who went hunting in a forest and found a spider making its web. The spider weaver includes an afterword about the story and the history of kente cloth and is a terrific introduction to african folklore that shouldnt. Jun 24, 2014 kente kenten means basket is a handwoven cloth originally from the ashanti kingdom, in ghana, west africa. Readers young and old will delight in discovering the connections between african culture and the colorful cloth we love to wear.
Collection of high quality new kente cloth and designs for both men and women for sale. This opinion of mine therefore is solely based on the history. West africa has had a cloth weaving culture for centuries via the stripweave method, but akan history tells of the cloth being created independent of outsider influence. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen. A genuine kente cloth is made by the ewe and ashanti weavers in ghana. Kente cloth from ghana pilot guides travel, explore, learn. Kofi uses his magic to show us not just his hometown but also different parts of ghana. Jun 03, 2016 the kente cloth, which is a type of silk fabric made of interwoven cloth strips is not just like any other ordinary cloth. The ewe people of ghana claim that they originated kente weaving they dont claim inventing the art of.
The author did a great job of explaining what a kente cloth is, so if you the thought process of this book was a different one from all the others. Learn all about ghanaian kente cloth with books elementary art. The book is the outcome of his intensive research on kente cloth after his first publication 1993 of the book titled kente cloth. The history and meaning behind west african kente cloth. Kente kentay is considered to be the most famous of all african textiles, and one of the worlds most complicated weavings. On the part of bonwire, it is popularly known that a man name otaa kraban and his friend kraku amoagya from bonwire learnt the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web in the year 1650. Kente cloth is native to the ewe and ashanti people of ghana, with origins dating back to around the 12 th century, but its patterns are still worn and enjoyed all over the world. We see kente cloth in america all the time so it is a. Kente is the best known and most widely appreciated of all african textiles, adopted throughout the african diaspora worldwide since the 1960s as a symbol of panafricanism and afrocentric identity. Marie gave a brief introduction to the history of kente cloth and how it was brought as a domestic art form to ghana see the pdf of the powerpoint presentation here. The vibrantlycolored fabric not only tells of ghanas history. An authors note further explains kentes rich symbolism.
It contains everything you need to know about this magnificent african cloth. Stepbystep instructions and additional resources are included. Child weaving kente cloth courtesy of avery segal kente is a meaningful sartorial device, as every aspect of its aesthetic design is intended as. Kente cloth has its origin from the akanashanti kingdoms in ghana. Legend has it, the skill to weave the cloth was learned from spiders and it. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search.
Each design has a specific name and significant meaning that reflects cultural values of ghanaians as well as historical events. Kente cloth is a legendary fabric worn by african kings down the centuries. Asante peoples, ghana cotton, rayon national museum of african art, national museum of natural history, purchased with funds provided by the smithsonian collections acquisition program, 198385, ej10590. Kente is a handwoven silk and cotton cloth originating in south ghana, but its use, influence, and popularity spread throughout west africa. Adinkra and kente cloth and intellectual property in ghana. It was there that indigents were first noted as engaging in the production of the kente cloth, the most recognizable of all african textiles.
The story of kente cloth produced in ghana, west africa. Authentic kente fabrics stand out when you wear it. The ashanti are members of the akan people who speak the akan or ashanti dialect. An authors note further explains kente s rich symbolism. Beside kente from the ashanti region is volta kente similar famous, and has his roots actually even in the ashanti kingdom. The spider weaver the legend of the kente cloth youtube. Jan 21, 2017 meaning of kente cloth colors thanks for watching. Feb 18, 2014 it is believed that traditional west african cloth making was first introduced in bonwire, a village in the ejisujuaben municipal district in the ashanti region of ghana. The book traces kente history and how it has been used since its invention, about four hundred years ago, by an ashanti hunter.
Kente cloth is made from thin strips about four cm thick woven together on narrow looms typically by men. Anthropologist robert rattray recorded over 300 patternassociated proverbs in the 1920s. Kente, known as nwentoma in akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth. The kente cloth, traditionally made by the people of ghana, is both beautiful and meaningful. The book was, at some point, holepunched to allow it to be put in a binder. Once they returned to ghana, they started to weave the beautiful and colourful cloth exclusively for the king because kente was originally made and worn only by the royals. Kente, now ghana s national cloth, is one indigenous handicraft that has won world wide recognition. Not only is this book a fun read, but i found it to be more informative in many ways about ghanaian culture than some of the country explorer type books. Kente is one of the most recognisable fabrics under the african textiles umbrella. Wearing kente clothe for women ghanaculturepolitics.
On our first weekend in kumasi, we decided to head out of the city and explore some of the towns which lay to the east. They will also read about a master weaver from ghana and view a book that he has coauthored. May 02, 2017 overall, the kente cloth session was successful. Browse through the best ghana kente styles on the internet. They will answer four questions about their reading and then will compose an informative magazine article about strip weaving and kente cloth. Kente cloth has history ranging back over 400 years. These techniques were appropriated through vast trade networks, as were materials such as french and italian silk, which became increasingly desired in the 18th century and were combined with cotton and wool to make kente. Pdf kente cloth ebooks includes pdf, epub and kindle. The history and significance of kente cloth in the black. The popularity of the colors and patterns of the kente make it one of the most recognizable textiles in africa. The ashanti people of ghana developed kente in the seventeenth century a. Africa is so diverse in its culture that there is ample reflection of the same in their attire too. Discover kente cloth facts and kente cloth history.
Kente is made by the asante and ewe peoples and is the. According to ghanaian mythology, kente cloth was first created when 2 friends watched how a spider wove its web. There are differences in how the cloth is worn by men and women. Kente, now ghanas national cloth, is one indigenous handicraft that has won world wide recognition. Kente cloth is a beautiful traditional cloth or textile from west africa, rich in meaning and symbolism. May 22, 2017 men traditionally wear kente wrapped over their shoulders in the style of a roman toga while women wear it in two pieces, an anklelength dress and a shawl that could double as a baby sling. Names are derived from several sources, including proverbs, historical. Today kente cloth is worn all over the world learn about weaving around the world with these weaving projects for kids, plus read about weaving with these great multicultural books. In a flurry of speed, the weavers hands glide back and forth across the face of the cloth.
Multicultural and geography lessons for children in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. In original akan tradition, kente called nwentom was only worn by royalty and for religious and sacred purposes. Our first stop was in the village of bonwire, famous across ghana for the production of the colorful cloth known as kente as soon as we got out of the trotro in bonwire, we were approached by guides. As it enabled the electrification of much of ghana, the new dam was an important contribution to national life. Kente cloth is also worn by the ewe people, who were under the rule of the asante kingdom in the late 18th century. A joyful ode to kente celebrates the beauty and tradition of this west african fabric that is now so popular in america.
A warm multicultural book, that gives an enlightining look at the traditional hand weaving of the kente cloth. Kente cloth origins kente is connected with the ewe and ashanti people of ghana and arose first in west africa during the 17 th century. The most common ghana kente cloth material is cotton. Show kente cloth and create project using colors that pertain to the students. It dates back 375 years, conceived in a village called bonwire. She then explained the symbolism and colors used in kente cloth and the actual process involved in weaving the cloth. In this historyplex article we shall take a look at one of the most unique creations which belongs to west africa. Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the ashanti nation. Kente cloth this clothfirst woven by a wise spidersends social messages through a system of specific patterns. I thought this book was about the jamaican culture but instead it was about the kente cloth which is native to the ashanti people of ghana. The story in this book is well known in ghana and dates back to the midseventeenth century. Kente cloth designs and meanings in 2020 african art.
The book is an exciting celebration of culture by the ashante people of. Rhythmic verse shows the special meaning of colors and patterns while glorious paintings show kente as it is used and worn in ghana, from babies blankets to dancers capes. The ewe people of ghana claim that they originated kente weaving they dont claim inventing the art of weaving. Historical documentation indicates textile production among the akan and ewe peoples began as early as b. Nov 22, 2017 the finished kente cloth with all the strips joined together. Moving to the rhythm of squeaking pulleys and creaking levers, the craftsman concentrates on the colorful strip of cloth that lies before him. Kente is a brightly colored, banded material and is the most widely known cloth produced in africa. Kente cloth as we know it today with its rich bold colors emerged among the asante during the seventeenth century a. Traditionally, kente is woven in ghana by the asante ashanti region and the ewe volta region of ghana. The coauthor was born into the industry at bonwire. The origin of kente is grounded in both legends and history. Introduction adinkra and kente are fabrics produced by the asante people of ghana, and there is much that one could say about them from a purely technical perspective in terms of the kinds of fiber, fabric, dyes, and stencils used in their construction. Adopted as a key symbol of afrocentric identity and panafricanism in the 1960s throughout the african diaspora, it was declared ghana s national cloth upon attaining independence in 1957. Kente clothes kente weaving in ghana, ashanti region.
Men usually wear one piece wrapped around the body, leaving the right shoulder and hand uncovered, in a togalike style. Kente weaving in bonwire for 91 days ghana travel blog. Although most mainstream texts attribute kente to the ashanti, an alternate and credible view is that kente originated with the ewe people of ghana who then passed it on to the ashanti. Kente is worn not only for its eye catching designs but also for its symbolic significance. It is hand woven in wooden looms and is of very high worth. By mimicking the actions of the spiders, they created kente cloth the same way. There is a pattern to illustrate joy, a pattern for royalty, a pattern for newborn babiesnearly every important event in a persons life can be expressed in kente cloth patterns. Kente is a ceremonial cloth handwoven on a horizontal treadle loom, kente comes in strips measuring about 4 inches wide and sown together into larger pieces of cloth. Always known to be a ghanaian fabric, almost every ghanaian owns at least a piece of the kente cloth, either sewn or not. Kente kenten means basket is a handwoven cloth originally from the ashanti kingdom, in ghana, west africa. Feb 15, 2016 kente cloth is the best known and most recognizable african. He received a national award as ghanas best kente designer and weaver in 2008. Today its traditional styles are inspiring evolution in fashion trends worldwide.
This story, wether true or not, shows the harmony between ghanaians and mother nature. It comes in variety of colours and different designs. Find images of kente dress styles for wedding, engagement, graduation, church, and any occasion. The book is an exciting celebration of culture by the ashante people of ghana and the. The kente cloth has become one of the most sought after africa fabrics that have found its way into different parts of the world. Although kente cloth is now identified with the akan people in west africa, and particularly the asante kingdom, the term originates from the neighboring fante. Women wear two shorter lengths to form a skirt and bodice. Pdf history of kente cloth and its value addition through design. The ashanti are members of the akan people who speak the akan or. I bought kente cloth very similar to this during my visit.
Rhythmic verse shows the special meaning of colors and patterns while glorious paintings show kente as it is used and worn in. There are many types of kente, each with its own symbolism and name, which tells the history, culture and social practice of the weavers of the cloth. Not just any old cloth the ultimate history project. Kente cloth originated with the ashanti people of ghana. History of kente cloth and its value addition through design integration with african. Traditionally worn by royalty, kente cloth originated among the asante people of ghana. This is a chart of the most common traditional meanings for each color that can be used when children are coloring their own kente cloth patterns or doing a kente cloth craft. Kente cloth, the traditionalnational cloth of ghana, is worn by several ghanaian tribes, most especially the akans, the kingdom of ashanti royalty currently prevalent throughout asanteman. Discover the history and secrets of the colorfully woven and culturally significant kente cloth from ghana, west africa, at.879 1535 5 1508 332 1562 28 751 126 893 978 144 1286 1121 993 9 549 81 820 155 1151 1176 1396 675 121 66 577 1031 213 373 591 960 261 620 998 145