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Kente Cloth Handwoven Textile Asante 10 X 5 Ft African Art

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Title Kente Cloth Handwoven Textile Asante 10 X 5 Ft African Art
Type of Object Textile
Country of Origin Ghana
People Ashante, Asante
Materials cotton-silk combination
Approximate Age Mid 20th C
Dimensions 120 inches L. x 69 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair to Good
Damage/Repair holes and tears, a few tears with indigenous repair, wear, cut at edges between strips


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: This is a beautiful Kente Textile with green background and complex patterns. Kente cloth is a royal cloth of the Ashante (Asante) of Ghana.It is worn by both men and woman. Men' cloth are larger than these worn by  women. The offered textile was worn by men. Kente cloths are prestigious textiles worn during important ceremonies. They are prized for their colors and weft designs. They are identified by their patterns and the combination of patterns. The names given to the designs derive from the proverbs and popular sayings, nature (plants for instance), historic events, chiefs or queen mothers. Legend says that the Kente cloth weavers learned their skill from watching a spider, Anansi, who is a significant figure in African folklore. In many cases, the thread was obtained by carefully in-picking silk garments, and reweaving them. The looms have two or three heddles. (See Clarke's ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES).


Recommended Reading: Adler and Barbard's AFRICAN MAJESTY, the TEXTILE ART OF THE ASHANTI AND EWE


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


 


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Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.