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Kente Handwoven Cloth Ghana Old African Art

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Title Kente Handwoven Cloth Ghana Old African Art
Type of Object Handwoven cloth
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials Hand woven cloth, possibly combination cotton and silk
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 47 Inches
Width: 89 Inches
Overall Condition Good.
Damage/Repair worn, some torn seams, tears, Slightly frayed, uneven edges, dirt

We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.

Additional Information: A superb and huge ceremonial Kente cloth worn by Asante men.

Strips are hand sewn together. Estimated age more than 40 years. Kente cloth is the royal cloth of the Ashante, of Ghana. In many cases, the thread was obtained by carefully un-picking silk garments, and reweaving them. The looms have two or three heddles. Legend says that the Kente cloth weavers learned their skill from watching a spider, Anansi, who is a significant figure in African folklore. The patterns on this textile have certain meaning  and the colors are symbols of majesty, good fortune, peace and harmony. 

Recommended Reading:

Doran H. Ross (ed.), Wrapped in Pride. Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity., UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Los Angeles, 1998

Duncan Clarke, The Art of African Textiles, Thunder Bay Press, 1997

Peter Adler and Nicholas Barbard, African Majesty. Y, The Textile Art of The Ashanti and Ewe, Thames and Hudson. London, 1992