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Kente Cloth Asante Ghana Large 120 x 82 Inch African Art

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Title Kente Cloth Asante Ghana Large 120 x 82 Inch African Art
Type of Object Handwoven cloth
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials Hand woven cloth, possibly silk, or combination
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 128 inches by 82 inches
Overall Condition Fair to Good
Damage/Repair worn, fading,minor holes in places, a few holesĀ  indigenous repair.


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 large ceremonial classic Kente cloth wore by Asante men.

Strips are hand nicelly 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 pattern on this textile is similar to the one known as Obi Nkye Obi Kwa Mu si which is translated into " sooner or later one could stray into another person's path" which means "nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistakes. If some one happens to get in your way or does something to offend you, it is important to be understanding and to forgive that person". The blue is the color of the sky and symbol of majesty, peace and harmony. In some cases the blue is associated with good fortune.

Recommended Reading:

See Clarke's ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES.

Adler and Barbard's AFRICAN MAJESTY, the TEXTILE ART OF THE ASHANTI AND EWE, which has a cloth very similar to this one on plate 8.

See also Doran H. Ross (ed.) WRAPPED IN PRIDE. GHANAIAN KENTE AND AFRICAN AMERICAN IDENTITY, Fowler Museum , UCLA, 1998.

 

I have examined this piece and agree with the description

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.